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Cambodia’s coastline awarded as world most beautiful bay

PHNOM PENH, May 31 (Xinhua) — Club of the World’s Most Beautiful Bays has officially recognized Cambodia’s coastal areas as its member, the minister of tourism, Thong Khon confirmed Tuesday.

The recognition was made after Cambodia’s proposal in May last year.
“With the club’s recognition, we have optimism that our clean and well-preserved beaches will attract more foreign tourists,”he said, adding”it will also be an impetus to encourage more investors to the areas.”
Cambodia’s coastline is stretching in the length of 450 km in four provinces of Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Kep.
It is the country’s second most popular destination for tourists after Siem Reap’s Angkor Wat temple, the world heritage site.
The club was established in March 1997, in Berlin, Germany. Including Cambodia, it has 27 countries as member with 33 bays to be recognized as the most beautiful bays in the world, said the minister.
According to the club’s criteria, to be listed as the world’s most beautiful bay, a bay must be under protection project with a wildlife and flora area. Also, it must be recognized by both local and regional level, and it must possess at least two features recognized by UNESCO in the cultural or natural assets categories.
Tourism industry is one of the main four pillars supporting Cambodian economy. In 2010, the sector received 2.5 million foreign tourists generating the total revenue of 1.75 billion U.S. dollars.
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