Cambodia focuses on domestic tourism hinh anh 1A tourist site in Cambodia (Photo: Internet)
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia will prioritise domestic tourism now as the government has lifted a travel ban between provinces, said Tourism Minister Thong Khon.

He said his ministry plans to issue a new set of tourism guidelines to reboot the sector this month.

Hospitality providers will be forced to suspend operations or shut down if they fail to follow the new guidelines, he added.

Foreign arrivals to Cambodia hit 1.15 million in the first quarter of this year, down 38 percent year-on-year due to the impacts of COVID-19, said the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism.

In particular, those from China were down 62 percent, the US 33 percent and the Republic of Korea 36 percent.

The ministry also reported that domestic holidaymakers dropped by 34 percent during the period.

Last year, about 6.6 million foreigners brought in revenue of around 5 billion USD to Cambodia./.