The inauguration of the Sihanoukville Tourism Port is expected to have a positive impact on the tourism industry in the coastal city. The port, officially launched on 6th July, can accommodate up to 20 small and large tourist boats simultaneously. Covering an expansive area of approximately 22,000 square meters, the port has been granted investment rights to GTVC Import Export, which also provides daily shuttle ferries from Sihanoukville to various beaches in the area. This spacious facility offers tourists a convenient gateway to popular islands Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem.
The increase in tourism could potentially stimulate the real estate sector as developers seize opportunities to construct hotels, resorts, and other accommodation options to cater to the growing number of visitors. Furthermore, the rise in tourist arrivals is expected to drive the growth of commercial activities, including new cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and other retail establishments that cater to the expanding tourist market.
A significant factor contributing to the anticipated growth in tourist numbers is the completion of the expressway to Sihanoukville in October 2022. The newly constructed expressway has considerably reduced travel time by half. Previously, visitors had to endure an approximate five to six hours journey, but now, with improved connectivity, tourists can reach the city faster and more conveniently. The expressway not only enhances accessibility for domestic and international travellers but also establishes a more efficient transportation infrastructure for the region.
With improved connectivity provided by the expressway last year, Sihanoukville is poised to become a prominent tourist destination and transform into a tourism hub. The city's potential for growth is substantial, presenting an opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to capitalise on the increasing demand.
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