With an increasing number of reasons to visit the land of smiles, Cambodia has opened its doors not only for economic growth and global competitiveness, but also for tourists who are looking to immerse themselves in the Khmer culture.As a result of this, the number of visitors and infrastructure dedicated to helping the tourist sector expand has also grown.
“One Belt One Road” Policy:
In an interview last month, Sam Yang, CEO of Eastland Development, states that the “One Belt One Road” initiative by China – which aims to create an elaborate land and sea railway connection among different countries around the world – may help usher in Chinese investments into Cambodian real estate. Since there is an overproduction of materials in China such as steel, it can easily be made accessible to Cambodia to utilize towards building infrastructures like airports, roads and railways. This will allow numerous entry points for tourists. And the more tourists that come into the land, the more foot traffic local and international retailers have. In fact, in 2016 alone, 1 million Chinese tourists are expected to walk the streets of Cambodia.Tourism is becoming one of the major contributors in Cambodia’s economy. And with the appearance of hotels owned by international companies, and the construction of new infrastructure like additional airports and railways, property investment would seem like the perfect option for foreign nationals who can’t stay away from the Kingdom.
Awards Keep Coming:
Just recently, the ECTT or the European Council on Tourism and Trade hailed Cambodia as the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2016. If anything, this recognizes the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and confirms its success towards driving more people to become aware of the many attractive qualities of Cambodia. This also further encourages investors as an indicator of stability and growth.
Local and international businesses and retailers are not the only beneficiaries of the growth in the tourism sector though. New high end brand hotels have also been popping up and receiving their fair share of investment returns through thousands of tourist
s checking in every single day. Hence there is a great opportunity for foreign investors to launch and develop even more properties like it. Some of these developments are “The Courtyard by Marriott”, and the “Rosewood Phnom Penh” which will occupy the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower. These hotel brands are preferred by visitors because of outstanding service and accessibility to attractions around the country. The Peak mixed-use development by Oxley Worldbridge will also host the Shangri La Hotel in the coming years.But of course, accommodation for tourists is not just limited to hotels. As the property market and tourism expands, there will also be growth in different markets like apartments, serviced apartments and backpackers. These types of properties will see a rapid increase in rental prices.Another thing we are seeing more and more of is eco-friendly tourism options; a prime example being VKirirom Resort - where guests can stay on top of Cambodia’s most idylly mountain range, and enjoy a wide range of eco-friendly activities.
While getting a visa in Cambodia is not at all complicated, the Ministry of Tourism has now given notice that it will prepare to issue three-year multiple visas exclusively to Chinese and Korean citizens, who have been the country’s greatest tourists, partners and investors. In 2015 alone, there were around 400,000 Korean and around 700,000 Chinese tourists. And as the amount of visitors in Cambodia grows, the Ministry of Tourism hopes that this will encourage foreign nationals to get to explore not only the sights in Cambodia, but also investment opportunities.Just recently, the ECTT or the European Council on Tourism and Trade hailed Cambodia as the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2016. If anything, this recognizes the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and confirms its success towards driving more people to become aware of the many attractive qualities of Cambodia. This also further encourages investors as an indicator of stability and growth.