Phnom Penh (FN), August 7 – The growth of tourists visiting Cambodia provides a promising opportunity for investors and business people to invest in tourism sector, Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed at the Sri Lanka-Cambodia Business Forum, held Wednesday at the Sofitel Phnom Penh.

“Cambodia welcomed about 6.2 million tourists in 2018, and numbers are expected to rise to around 7 million in 2020 and 11 million in 2025, thus providing a promising opportunity for investors and business people to invest in this sector, the premier stated before President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka who is on a state visit to Cambodia from 07 to 10 August 2019.

“For tourism, the number of arrivals continues to rise. In the first five months of 2019, Cambodia welcomed about 2.88 million foreign visitors, up 11.4 percent from a year earlier. During the same period, the number of Sri Lankan arrivals rose 22 percent from 1,437 to 1,756,” he continued.

It is worth noting that, over the past two decades, Cambodia has achieved average annual economic growth of around 7.7 percent and graduated from low-income status to become a lower middle-income country in 2015. Moreover, Cambodia's economy expanded at 7.5 percent in 2018, providing the foundation for continued robust growth in 2019. This shows that Cambodia is on the path to achieving upper middle-income country by 2030 as set out in the national policy agenda.

As far as investment is concerned, Cambodia remains a target country with potential for both local and foreign investors.

According to the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), Cambodia’s investment outlook has improved over the past five years (2014-2018) with 959 investment projects approved, totaling about $23 billion in investment capital, and creating one million jobs.

In the first six months of 2019, CDC approved 153 projects worth about $5.2 billion. Compared with the first half of last year, the number of projects increased by 48 and investment grew by about $2 billion.