PHNOM PENH, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least 557 tourism resorts across Cambodia opened for both domestic and foreign tourists during the five-day holiday with preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, state-run Agence Kampuchea Press (AKP) reported on Monday.
The Southeast Asian nation started to celebrate the holiday from Monday to Friday in lieu of the Khmer New Year holiday in April that was postponed due to the onset of COVID-19.
Top Sopheak, a spokesman for the Ministry of Tourism, said the opened tourism resorts included natural tourism resorts, cultural and historical resorts, man-made resorts, and ecotourism communities.
"Due to a rise in the number of tourists, more and more tourism resorts have resumed their operations to serve tourists," he was quoted as saying by the AKP.
He said the ministry has guided those tourism resorts to prepare necessary tools including thermometers, alcohol- and gel-based sanitizers, facemasks and soap to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at each tourism site.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the kingdom's tourism sector hard, forcing more than 3,000 hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, massage-spa parlors, karaoke clubs, nightclubs, beer gardens, and tour and travel operators to close temporarily, according to the ministry.
Cambodia has so far recorded a total of 273 confirmed COVID-19 cases, said a Ministry of Health's statement on Monday, adding that none have died and 238 have recovered. Enditem