Saturday, 15 April 2017

Cambodia Tourism Issues Prakas on Fair Pricing

Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has issued a prakas, or proclamation, to curb price rises during big festivals in a bid to promote local tourism.

The Cambodian government issued a prakas to ensure local tourists, like this family, would not be fleeced during festive periods. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The order, signed by Tourism Minister Thong Khon, says tourism businesses must prepare price lists of tourism products and display them in Khmer, English and a third language.

All notices should display pictures or description of products in front of the business, and all products and services must show clear prices for tourists.

“Tourism operators who do not comply with the prakas will be punished,” the order said.

Tith Chantha, secretary of state at the Tourism Ministry, said: “Our officials at each tourism site will check the prices but we won’t arrest business operators.

“However, if some places do not follow the order, we will take action.”

He said businesses can increase prices but not by 100 or 200 percent.

Ho Vandy, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, welcomed the move, saying all tourism businesses should stick to the virtues of improving the quality of goods and services and build confidence of local tourists.

Full story at Khmer Times.

According to KD Consulting, a prakas is a proclamation; a ministerial or inter-ministerial decision signed by the relevant Minister(s). The prakas must conform to the Constitution and to the law or sub-decree to which it refers.
River Festival Attracts 140,000

The third annual River Festival, this year in Steung Treng province, attracted around 140,000 local and international tourists, the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism announced

“Around 60,000 tourists attended the last day of the celebrations and the total number for the three days was 140,000,” Tourism Minister Thong Khon said.

“The tourists were both local and foreign,” he added.

The government’s annual River Festival is part of a strategy to attract ecotourism investment to provinces in the northeast of the country, officials have said.

Full story at Khmer Times.

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