In a speech Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia drew 4.5 million foreign tourists last year, up 5.9 percent from 2013.
“Using this forecast, in 2015, international tourist arrivals to Cambodia will be about 5 million people, and 7.5 million people in 2020, which would generate $5 billion in total revenue and create 800,000 jobs,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
The prime minister’s prediction was made during a speech at the first World Conference on Tourism and Culture—organized by the World Tourism Organization, Unicef and the Tourism Ministry—at Le Meridien Angkor hotel in Siem Reap City.
The conference, which runs until Friday, is intended to bring together tourism ministers and experts from around the world to discuss sustainable cultural tourism.
Mr. Hun Sen also predicted that tourism, along with the agriculture, construction and garment sectors, would help the country’s economy grow by at least 7 percent this year.
“In 2014, Cambodia achieved 7.2 percent economic growth,” he said. “Cambodia is forecasted to keep growing by at least 7 percent in 2015.”