Kampot and Kep Celebrate Prestigious ASEAN Clean Tourist City Awards

In a momentous achievement, the picturesque Cambodian coastal towns of Kep and Kampot, situated as the capitals of their respective provinces, have been bestowed with the esteemed fourth ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard for the years 2024-2026.

The recognition was formally conferred during an award ceremony held on January 26, 2024, in the enchanting Lao capital, Vientiane. The event, held under the theme “Quality and Responsible ASEAN-Sustaining ASEAN Future,” saw the presence of tourism ministers from ASEAN member nations, alongside representatives from China, Japan, South Korea, and several other countries.

Accepting the award on behalf of Kep, provincial governor Som Piseth expressed his gratitude on January 28, attributing the significant achievement to the collaborative efforts of provincial authorities and residents alike.

Kep Beach is a renowned beauty spot in the Kingdom

SOURCE: KEP Provincial Department

Piseth detailed that Kep’s recognition was based on various criteria, encompassing a pristine environment, public order, tourism development, sanitation, waste management, and water treatment.

“This award is crucial, serving as a reminder – particularly to the youth – of the importance of collective endeavors to safeguard the environment,” Piseth emphasized. He underscored the award’s significance, not only for Kep but for the entire Kingdom of Cambodia, elevating its global profile and showcasing numerous world-class destinations.

However, Piseth acknowledged that with this recognition comes a shared responsibility to ensure the town’s cleanliness is sustained. He highlighted the imperative need for continued efforts in environmental preservation.

Simultaneously, the Kampot Provincial Administration confirmed that Kampot also secured the same prestigious award for the 2024-2026 period.

During the previous assessment period of 2022-2024, three other Cambodian towns – Battambang, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville – were honored with the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award.

The ASEAN secretariat clarified that these awards encompass various categories, acknowledging excellence in places, tourism entities, and specialist products and services.

Kampot is a popular destination with a mix of traditional and tourist offerings

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Cambodia’s commitment to excellence in tourism has not gone unnoticed on the international stage. The country has been the recipient of various prestigious awards, including the World’s Best Tourism Destination by the European Council on Tourism and Trade. These accolades underscore Cambodia’s unwavering dedication to fostering sustainable tourism practices, promoting cultural heritage, and providing memorable experiences for visitors.

As Cambodia continues to shine on the global tourism stage, these awards stand as testaments to the nation’s ongoing efforts to create a harmonious balance between tourism development and environmental preservation.

Tom Starkey
Author: Tom Starkey

Tom Starkey is an International Development graduate from Sussex University with 12-years of experience across 4 continents, Tom's goal is that he wants to showcase his love for Cambodia, where he lives, works and now happily calls home.