Local businesses in Siem Reap are seeking the support of authorities after a group of tour operators from Taiwan allegedly failed to pay them for their services.
Twenty hotels and restaurants have reportedly asked Siem Reap provincial authorities and the Ministry of Tourism to intervene in the case.
According to the victims, the Taiwanese travel agencies engaged in criminal behaviour when they left the province without settling their bills at up to 20 different local establishments.
Ministry spokesman Top Sopheak said the ministry has received a complaint from the victims and is now considering what action to take.
“Travel agencies from Taiwan booked rooms in 20 hotels and restaurants but never paid. They just disappeared,” Mr Sopheak said. “Based on tourism regulation, the victims have a right to file a complaint and now the ministry will take proper action.”
PNN TV reported on Monday that the amount owed by the Taiwanese firms nears $2 million.
It added that the accused companies had worked with the victims for a long time prior to the transgression.
Figures from the Tourism Ministry showed that 6.2 million foreign tourists visited the Kingdom last year, an 11 percent year-on-year increase.