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Kep road project breaks ground

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According to the Ministry of Tourism, following approval by the government, the Kep Tourism Development Master Plan will be implemented from 2021 to 2035 but could be revised further if needed in following years. Lonely Planet

Kep Governor Som Piseth announced this week that work has started on seven double bituminous surface treatment (DBST) roads and a red gravel road in the province.

Piseth said the rehabilitation of the roads is a new achievement in provincial infrastructure development. Upon completion, these routes will help ease the travel of both locals and tourists.

He also requested that citizens cooperate with the construction teams, especially those who might be affected by the project.

Kep is one of the nation’s high-potential provinces and has been attracting many development projects. Kep’s provincial administration recently revealed plans to build a new tourism seaport on Koh Tonsay Island and also to create two beaches.

Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Tourism Ny Phally said at a meeting on the preliminary draft of a master plan for tourism development in Kep that the project will focus on the improvement of tourism products in the hope that developing new and enhancing old tourism attractions will extend the stay of tourists throughout the year.

He added the plan ensures the sustainability of development and natural resources and that the organisation of land, urban planning and construction will aid local economic growth.

The governor strongly supported the Cambodian government,  Ministry of Tourism and Inter-Ministerial Committee in adding two provinces (Kep and Mondulkiri) to the list of designated tourist destinations for Cambodia.

He also urged Kep’s tourism technical development team to work hard in identifying future challenges and solutions for inclusion in the tourism master plan.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, following any revision needed and eventual approval by the government, the Kep Tourism Development Master Plan will be implemented from 2021 to 2035 but may be revised in subsequent years.

The plan includes a tourist port and the expansion of two beaches.

The beach expansion project sites includes a new three-kilometre public beach (running from the water treatment station to the mangrove forest), and the expansion of the three-and-a-half-kilometre natural sand beach in Angkol, in Angkol commune, Damnak Chang Er district.

The new small tourist port will be on Koh Tonsay (Rabbit) Island and will include a cable car for tourists to travel from one destination to another.


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