Tourism Official Calls for Better Security

Cambodia’s top tourism official on Monday called on authorities and the travel industry to improve security and hygiene and lower prices to attract more tourists.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark World Tourism Day, Tourism Minister Veng Sereyvuth said improved security, roads and hygiene were needed to encourage travelers to visit Cambodia.

The government is planning a national tourism police force to improve security for tourists, he explained.

The private sector, he suggested, “should take the initiative to build toilets in certain parts of Phnom Penh to upgrade the city’s sanitation.”

The minister said the key to boost­ing tourism would be rehabilitation of the country’s road network Veng Sereyvuth said that once repairs to the national roads are completed, tourism will jump by perhaps 50 percent. Tourism all but dried up following the 1997 fighting but is slowly coming back.

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