Cambodia is pushing sports tourism as part of its Visit Cambodia Year 2023 campaign as it gears up to host the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) for the first time in May.
Prak Vuthy, director of the Ministry of Tourism’s overseas marketing and promotion department, said the games would serve as a catalyst to promote sports tourism nationwide.
“This year will see Cambodia host the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games, which is a big thing for Cambodia,” he remarked.
Both events are expected to attract between 250,000 and 500,000 international tourists.
The SEA Games will take place from May 5 to 17, followed by the ASEAN Para Games 2023 from June 3 to 9.
Prak added that Cambodia annually hosts many sporting events that attract visitors from across the globe, including the Angkor Half Marathon in December and Ultra-Trail Angkor in February, and various international cycling events as well.
He added that Cambodia’s southern coastline is also perfect for water activities, including sailing and yachting, with more sports-driven itineraries being drawn up.