300,000 Japanese Tourists by 2020
Cambodia plans to attract up to 300,000 Japanese tourists to the Kingdom by 2020, as direct flights connect Phnom Penh with Tokyo early next month, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon announced yesterday.
“Our big strategy hinges on direct flights between Cambodia and Japan. And when it happens we will have hope of attracting more Japanese tourists to Cambodia,” said Mr. Khon.
Activists charged, foreigner deported over Black Monday protests
Two Boeung Kak lake activists were charged with incitement yesterday and sent to Prey Sar prison after the municipal court decided to skip judicial investigation procedures and proceed directly to trial. A Spanish national who had protested their detention a day before, meanwhile, was deported.
National Park Workers Accuse Bosses of Colluding With Loggers
Nine park service employees in Siem Reap province have filed a formal complaint against two of their superiors accusing them of colluding with illegal loggers to clear thousands of hectares of Phnom Kulen National Park.
Bailed Russian Tycoon Back In Business—Often Overseas
Nikolai Doroshenko, a wealthy Russian property developer facing fraud charges in Sihanoukville, has been freely traveling abroad in the 14 months since he was released from prison on the condition that he remain in Cambodia, even appearing on a Ukrainian television program to deny mafia links and boast of his business prowess.
NagaCity Walk gives capital a taste of duty-free shopping
The NagaCity Walk, a $94 million subterranean shopping centre in Phnom Penh aimed at high-rolling tourists visiting the adjacent NagaWorld casino and hotel complex, held its soft opening yesterday, with duty-free luxury goods ranging from affordable tobacco, perfumes and designer watches to a $3,400 bottle of cognac.
PM: No Land for Vietnamese
Prime Minister Hun Sen has implored those living along the border with Vietnam to stop renting land to Vietnamese nationals and ordered his government to speed up a demarcation process that has been slow to accurately define the country’s borders.
In a Facebook post after a meeting with civil servants in Takeo province on Tuesday, Mr. Hun Sen said the province’s proximity to Vietnam made it imperative that provincial government officials did more to “enhance cooperation” with their eastern neighbor and introduce more cross-cultural exchanges.