Increasing Chinese tourists to Cambodia


One of the most dramatic tourism investment projects, according to the article, is the US$1.2 billion ‘Tourism Vacation Town’,  involving Tianjin Union Development Group (UDG). The resort will be a luxury city featuring high-end hotels and theme parks. This isn’t the first tourism project that UDG has launched in Cambodia. It acquired a 99-year lease for land in Koh Kong Province and is building a US$3.8 billion resort dubbed ‘Dara Sakor’.

These projects are still in their early stages, but Chinese investment has already been hugely transformative for Cambodia’s tourism industry. Sihankoukville, which had been a beach destination for Western tourists, has dramatically shifted to catering to Chinese tourists.  The focus for this city is casino tourism, a sector which, says the article, is shaping up to be a backbone of Phnom Penh’s tourism industry.

Inbound medical tourism flow to Cambodia remains low, particularly following the country’s decision to ban commercial surrogacy and recent efforts to crack down on illegal surrogacy activity. For a more detailed analysis of the medical travel sector to and from Cambodia, visit the IMTJ Country Profile.



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