With the 9th Sea Festival taking place in Sihanoukville from December 9-11, many tourists have booked accommodation services – and there is no shortage of them in Sihanoukville, with over 9,000 rooms there.

Kim Sereiroath, director of the Ministry of Tourism's industry department, said that according to reports so far, there has been no shortage of rooms for guests though almost 100 per cent of the rooms were booked.

“During the Sea Festival, a large number of tourists have so far planned to visit Sihanoukvilles by booking big hotels, bungalows or even tents and other places,” he said.

Preah Sihanouk provincial Department of Tourism director Taing Sochet Kresna said that there are about 80 hotels in the province with a total of 9,000 rooms.

“Hotels on the main roads are almost full. Four to five rooms were kept for the holidays. But there are still some hotels on other roads where guests can book and stay,” he said.

He continued that on the occasion of the Sea Festival, there are also a lot of Cambodian guests booking rooms in addition to foreigners.

Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and the Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities held a December 8 ceremony to open the 9th Sea Festival and the general assembly of the Club of the World's Most Beautiful Bays in Techo Square in commune III of Sihanoukville.

More than 2,400 civil servants and youths are ready to collect garbage to clean up the environment in main locations to preserve the environment and beautify the province for the occasion.

Also, Touch Poleak, director of maritime border police, is leading a total of 250 police officers to provide security and public order during the Sea Festival.

A total of 21 ships and motorboats and other vehicles are ready for intervention if any incidents on the water occur.