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Apsara Authority signals Siem Reap tourism revamp

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The Apsara Authority is planning to repair all roads under its control. DAP

The Apsara Authority is planning to repair all roads under its control in order to facilitate travel as a inter-ministerial committee is preparing to further develop the tourism sector in Siem Reap province.

Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona, who also serves as Apsara Authority president, yesterday said the road repairs will commence at the end of this year or early next year.

“We plan to renovate all roads, including big and small ones, as those roads have lasted for more than ten years,” she said. “Because the roads are old, the asphalt does not work as it did. We have to renovate in order to facilitate the travel of people and tourists to be easier – there will be no dust.”

Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal said the work would begin with the repair of major roads, and a budget has been provided by the Economy and Finance Ministry.

On Tuesday last week, an inter-ministerial committee held a meeting at the Siem Reap Provincial Hall to study and prepare to further develop tourism in the province.

Chaired by Tourism Minister Thong Khon, the meeting was attended by Ms Sakona, provincial Governor Khim Bunsong and other relevant government officials.

During the meeting, Mr Khon said the committee has been tasked to ensure sustainable growth, conservation and development of Siem Reap city.

In addition, the committee will also help the study of historical and eco-tourism sites, as well as organise cultural events.

“The committee has to study and set up new tourism products in Siem Reap province,” he said. “[The committee] is also aiming to create more tourist attractions and extend the period of stay for tourists.”

In a report by the Tourism Ministry, Siem Reap province received 1.9 million national and international tourists during the first nine months of this year, an increase of 8.47 percent when compared to the same period last year.

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