Sihanoukville’s real estate market has witnessed a rapid rise in its fortunes, spearheaded by investment into manufacturing and real estate leveraging off improvements to infrastructure and growing numbers of tourist arrivals. In recent years, accumulated investment value into the Kingdom’s coastal city has reached US$310 million. A four-lane expressway connecting between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is due to commence by the end of this year, supported by a loan from the Chinese government. Sihanoukville sits in the path of China’s Maritime Silk Road initiative, part of One Belt, One Road.
Upon resumption of operations, Sihanoukville International Airport has grown to offer domestic flights across the Kingdom, particularly with the tourist hub of Siem Reap and has gradually increased connectivity with other Asian cities, especially in Mainland China. Air traffic has significantly increased during the last two years, with the airport welcoming circa 47,000 visitors in Q1 2017, an increase of 182% on Q1 2016. Sihanoukville International Airport has been undergoing renovation, whilst the construction of a new terminal promises to increase capacity to 500,000 passengers per year. The expansion plan is on track to complete by the end of 2017.
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