With a quarter of construction work already completed, the new port in Kampot province will become the country’s main gateway to tourism destinations in the region, the minister of tourism said.
The seaport, which is being builtin Tek Chhou district, will be able to accommodate one million travellers, Dr. Thong Khon, the Minister of Tourism, said Tuesday during a visit to the construction site.
He said the port will become a key infrastructure in the Kingdom’s logistics and transportation network.
“Kampot’s international seaport began construction in August last year and is now about 25 percent complete,” he said.
The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year to coincide with the Sea Festival, which will be held in the province for the second time, the minister said.
“Located in the southern economic corridor, the port will connect Kampot province to the world.
“It will boost the development of tourism and related sectors in Kampot and other destinations on the coast,” he said, adding that the port will boast facilities that match international standards.
The project is supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is part of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project, Mr Khon said.
ADB approved an $18 million loan in 2014 for the port project saying that it will open up new opportunities for tourism beyond current popular destinations like the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Soy Sinol, director of Kampot’s tourism department, said construction is going smooth and added that the port will also benefit neighbouring provinces.
“The port will also bring more visitors to Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, and Kep provinces. It will connect not only with bordering countries but also with countries in the Greater Mekong Su-bregion,” Mr Sinol said.
Som Chenda, director of Kep’s tourism department, said the port will be a welcomed addition to the coast.
“We are already preparing for the increase in the number of tourists that the port will bring. We are creating new tourism products to bring more international and local tourists to the province,” he said.