Cambodia and Thailand agree to cooperate in marine tourism

Design of Kampot International Tourism Port, Cambodia

Cambodia and Thailand have inked an agreement to cooperate on marine tourism, linking the tourism ports of the two countries. The agreement has come in to being during the 4th meeting of Cambodia-Thailand Working Group on Tourism Cooperation.

Thong Rathsak, Cambodia’s Director General of Tourism Development and International Cooperation and Arrun Boonchai ,Thai Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports co-chaired the meeting.

As per the agreement, both countries will cooperate on marine tourism linking Koh Samui of Surathany province, Thailand to the International Tourism Port of Kampot province.

Koh Samui Port, Thailand

Both countries have also agreed to open more border gates and to boost seaport cooperation to promote tourist flow within the two neighbours.

Construction of the Kampot International Tourism Port is scheduled to commence in late 2019 or early of 2020, said the Ministry of Tourism.

“Cambodia’s opening of new border gates will facilitate the flow of tourists between the two countries. Provinces of Preah Vihear, Pursat, Uddor Meanchey, and other provinces share the border with Thailand. They have proposed to Thailand to open more border gates due to a remarkable increase in both domestic and foreign tourists,” said Rathsak

The meeting of the working group on cooperation in the tourism sector was held a day ahead of the second tourism ministers meeting between Cambodia and Thailand which is set to be held today at Kampot.