Seeking to capitalise on the rising number of visitors to Cambodia’s coastal areas, Sihanoukville’s newest five-star hotel will break ground next Monday.
A joint venture of Chinese and Cambodian investors, the hotel will occupy four hectares in Sihanoukville’s Sangkat 4.
“We welcome this five-star hotel because the province is facing a shortage of upscale rooms,” said Yun Min, Preah Sihanouk’s governor.
“There is strong demand for more high-end hotels.”
Taing Sochet Krisna, director of Preah Sihanouk’s tourism department, said there are already a great number of hotels and guesthouses in the province, but they are not enough to meet rising demand for accommodation as an increasing number of tourists visit the area every year.
“Investment in this sector is highly welcomed, particularly nice hotels with more than three stars,” he said.
“Some years ago, the city was only busy during holidays and special occasions. Now, however, it is overrun with tourists, local and international, every weekend.”
He asked investors to carry out proper environmental impact assessments and comply with existing legislation: “Our goal is to make the industry more sustainable, so we ask hotel investors to comply with the law,” he said.
Preah Sihanouk has more than 80 hotels and over 4,000 rooms, according to Mr Sochet Krisna. There are more than 300 guesthouses.
Last year, the province welcomed nearly 2 million tourists. 500,000 of those visitors were foreigners.