Hilton To Open First Hotel In Cambodia

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Hilton has announced plans to enter the Kingdom’s market, with its first hotel set to come online in Phnom Penh by 2022.

The Hilton Norfolk The Main located in Norfolk, Virginia, US. Hilton

The exact location of the planned Hilton hotel has not been disclosed, but reports indicate that it will be near the Central Market.

Hilton Phnom Penh will have 280 rooms and an all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar, and fitness centre, among other amenities.

To operate it, the US-based firm has signed a management agreement with real estate development group GFC Company, according to a report by TTG Asia released last week.

Paul Hutton, Hilton vice president for Southeast Asia, said they decided to expand into Cambodia because the country is primed for growth. He noted that the Kingdom experienced the third-largest increase in the number of international tourist in Asean last year, behind Vietnam and Indonesia.

“We believe the strength of Hilton brand will go a long way in helping to boost Phnom Penh as a tourism destination,” he said.

Cambodia has become an attractive destination for international hotel chains. Already several well-known international brands have a presence here: Sofitel Hotel & Resorts, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Park Hyatt, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Six Senses, Hotel Emion, Ibis Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, Alila Hotels & Resorts, Belmond, and Le Meridien.

Moreover, in July, UK-based Yoo Hotels & Resorts announced plans to build a hotel in Cambodia under its Yoo2 lifestyle brand.

According to data from the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia welcomed 3.3 million holidaymakers during the first half of the year, an 11.2 percent hike compared to the same period in 2018.

The number of Chinese tourists, in particular, experienced strong growth. From January to June, 1.2 million Chinese nationals visited the country, a 38 percent increase.

This article was originally published in the Khmer Times.

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