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Sofitel Touches Down in Phnom Penh

By: The Word Hanoi Posted: November-08-2010 in
The Word Hanoi

The Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra will open its gates on Dec. 11 as the city’s first 5-star hotel debut in a decade. Located a short walk downstream of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, the 201-room property will bring a whole host of jobs to the city with its eight new restaurants and bars.
“For many people, Phnom Penh is one of Asia’s great new destinations, generating an enthusiasm that we’ve seen for places like Vietnam and the Maldives in the past,” said Didier Lamoot, General Manager of the new hotel, which was constructed using a US$50m investment from a consortium of investors.

Despite the recent economic slump worldwide, visitors to Cambodia have continued to increase. Last month, the country’s Ministry of Tourism reported that in-bound arrivals were up 14% over last year — a pace that’s likely to accelerate with the development of the nation’s infrastructure.

“As we look ahead to the next few years, Phnom Penh is likely to emerge as an attractive new venue among meetings and conference planners,” said Lamoot. “The destination is fresh, and the ability to hop from here to Angkor is a major draw.”

Republished with the Kind Permission of Word HCMC


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