COVID-19 Dries Up 50,000 Tourism-based Jobs in Cambodia

AKP Phnom Penh, November 06, 2020 —

Some 2,838 tourism-related businesses in Cambodia have been shut down or temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis as of September this year, leading to 50,996 job losses in the sector.

Speaking in a workshop on Tourism Business Operation in COVID-19 era held in Siem Reap province on Nov. 6, H.E. Song Tonghap, Secretary of State for Tourism, said that the affected number accounts 29.6 percent of the tourism-related businesses nationwide.

About 62 percent of COVID-19-affected tourism businesses are based in Siem Reap province, making 14,702 workers out of jobs, he added.

To restore the sector, Ministry of Tourism is preparing key strategic documents such as roadmap on the rehabilitation and promotion of Cambodia’s tourism sector (2020-2025), master plans for tourism development in Siem Reap, Kep and Mondulkiri provinces (2020-2035), and Tourism Development Strategic Plan (2021-2030), H.E. Secretary of State pointed out.

To support tourism business situation in this COVID-19 period, the Royal Government of Cambodia has launched six rounds of measures to continue to manage the impact on key sectors of the national economy, including tax measures, workers-employees’ protection measures, and exemption of tourism licence renewal fees nationwide for 2021, he said.

The total foreign arrivals in Cambodia in the first nine months of 2020 dropped by 74.1 percent to 1,247,680, according to the ministry’s report.

By Chea Vannak