Repairs in the road leading to Koh Kong province will be finished in time for the Sea Festival, the Ministry of Tourism said this week.
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Minister Thong Khon said that other initiatives to ensure festival visitors have access to accommodation and food will also be completed as scheduled.
Due to take place Dec 14-16 in Koh Kong, the Sea Festival is an annual tourism event to celebrate the beauty of the Cambodian coast. It is held on a rotating basis in one of four coastal provinces – Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep.
In response to concerns regarding the state of the roads leading to Koh Kong, Minister Khon said, “The Ministry of Public Works and Transport and the Koh Kong Administration are currently accelerating the work, which will be completed on time before the Sea Festival comes.”
Last month, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol confirmed that a 63-kilometre stretch of road leading to Koh Kong province will be repaired prior to the Sea Festival after it was damaged by recent floods.
“The working group is handling accommodation and food services, and the ministry has also called on hotel and guesthouse owners to refrain from hiking up prices significantly,” Mr Khon added.
The minister said that Cambodian and Thai authorities have been working together to facilitate visits to bordering Thai province Trat during the festival.
Ho Vandy, president of World Express Tour and Travel, said roads will be ready to handle the influx of visitors.
“Roads were quite damaged, but the government has done a good job repairing them,” Mr Vandy said, adding that food sellers and hotel owners are likely to heed the government’s request to abstain from increasing prices abruptly.
This year’s Sea Festival, held in Koh Kong for the second time, is expected to attract approximately 300,000 visitors.