Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the festival (Source: khmertimeskh.com)
 
Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia on December 15 kicked off the 7th Sea Festival in Koh Kong province to promote and introduce its marine tourism to domestic and foreign tourists.

The festival began with parades and art performances, with foreign guests from Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia.

In his opening speech, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the annual event aims to promote tourism potential in Cambodia’s beaches to tourists and encourage the protection of marine resources.

He stressed that with beautiful beaches and numerous cultural heritages, Cambodia has become a favourite destination for tourists. In 2017 alone, the country welcomed 5.6 million international arrivals, earning 3.6 billion USD in tourism revenue. The tourism sector contributed 13 percent of the nation’s GDP last year.

Peace, political stability and effective anti-terrorism measures are factors ensuring the sustainable development of the local tourism sector, he noted.

During the three-day festival, tourists are enjoying concerts and art programmes, fireworks performances, traditional dishes and sports events.

Cambodia’s Kep, Sihanoukville and Kampot beaches are among the best in the world, with white sand, blue sea and untouched islands. The beaches receive increasing interest from tourists whenever they come to Cambodia.-VNA