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NEWS UPDATES 6 June 2009

Cambodia plans to boost cross-border tourism with Vietnam

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Cambodia will open three more border crossings with Vietnam next month to promote the tourism and trade between the two countries, local Chinese-language newspaper reported Friday.

Speaking at the tourism workshop in Siem Reap on Thursday, Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said: "With the opening of the three new, we will have seven in total of border crossings with Vietnam and expect bringing more Vietnamese tourists".

The seven border crossings were located in Cambodia's Svay Ring, Kampot, Kampong Cham, Rotanak Kiri, Mondol Kiri, Kracheh and Takaev provinces.

Thong khon said the new border crossings will allow 500 vehicles to pass through per day and currently, there are 150 tourism vehicles permitted crossing the old four land gateways every day.

According to the minister, this year has already seen more than 100,000 visitors from Vietnam, a 34 percent year-on-year increase in the first four months of this year, accounting for 12.55 percent of the total foreign tourists visiting Cambodia.

Cambodia and Vietnam signed an agreement to open seven border crossings in total in 1998.


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