Domestic tourism in Kampot province increased last year compared to 2019, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the director of the provincial council said yesterday.
Director Nhouv Sa Em said that even though Cambodia has been facing COVID-19, all sectors in Kampot province are doing well, especially businesses related to tourism and real estate.
“In fact, a total of 1,677,596 tourists visited various resorts and stayed in the province, compared to 1,665,002 people in 2019, an increase of 0.75 percent. Of these there were a total of 1,610,945 domestic tourists, compared to 1,484,539 in 2019, an increase of 8.51 percent. There were a total of 66,651 international tourists compared to in 2019 when there were 180,463, a decrease of 270.75 percent due to the global pandemic of COVID-19,” Sa Em said.
He said that last year, 35 companies invested in Kampot province, including four agro-industrial companies, five small ports, nine industrial companies, ten hotels, one restaurant, three energy companies, two special economic zones and one seafood producing and processing factory.
Kampot deputy governor Oeng Chhay said that the increase in tourists and investors was due to the rich natural resources, waterfalls, forestry and mountains which including agriculture, tourism and industry sectors, plus the well managed prevention of COVID-19 spread in the community.
“The challenge to the development of Kampot province is the traffic jams. We are planning to build a new bridge and a drainage system is being implemented to avoid flooding without harming the environment,” he said.
The Kampot area offers several other attractions including pre-Angkorian ruins and caves, jungle trekking, bicycling tours, river cruises, island trips, fishing trips, isolated beaches, pepper plantations, bamboo train rides and some beautiful rural countryside.