[SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA – Nov 29, 2023]  A landmark event in Cambodia’s development narrative unfolded today with the inauguration of the main roads of the $16 billion Bay of Lights mega development project in Sihanoukville. This momentous occasion marks a pivotal point in the project’s journey, laying the foundation for an ambitious expansion that promises to redefine the region’s landscape.

The 50-hectare Startup Phase of the Bay of Lights project, expected to complete by 2030, is a significant step for the city’s development. It will feature diverse amenities including a beach club, cabins, a golf driving range, a go-kart track, and a business center. This phase aligns with Cambodia’s increased focus on tourism, which has seen a substantial 180% rise in air travel within the first eight months of 2023, showcasing the country’s growing appeal as a tourist destination.

The inauguration ceremony was a testament to the project’s importance, graced by Mr. Kong Vitanak, Deputy Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, and other dignitaries. Their presence highlights the project’s significance at both regional and national levels.

Mr. Kong Vitanak, Deputy Governor of Preah Sihanouk Province

Tourism Surge and Economic Impact
The timing of Bay of Lights couldn’t be more opportune. As Cambodia experiences a resurgence in tourism, with a projected 5 million foreign visitors by year-end, the project is strategically positioned to leverage this influx. Its diverse offerings are set to transform Sihanoukville into a buzzing hotspot for tourists worldwide.

Edward Lee, spokesperson for the Bay of Lights, emphasizes the project’s commitment to community welfare, stating, “These roads are not just about building infrastructure; it’s about fostering the local community.” The project envisions itself as a beacon of development, aiming to provide 50,000 job placements and housing for a new community of 130,000 residents by 2050.

A Model of Public-Private Synergy
Bay of Lights project, a collaboration between the Preah Sihanouk provincial government and Canopy Sands Development, with China Railway Engineering Group as one of its main infrastructure partners, showcases the potential of public-private partnerships in driving large-scale infrastructure projects. This synergy is not only pivotal for the region’s economic growth and innovation, but it also underscores the importance of transparent and accountable development practices.

Mr. Edward Lee, spokesperson for Bay of Lights

As the Bay of Lights project unfolds, it is poised to transform Sihanoukville into a dynamic destination for tourists and investors alike. The project’s focus on sustainable infrastructure, community welfare, and economic growth positions it as a model for future developments in the region.

About Bay of Lights
Bay of Lights is a US$ 16 billion world-class development that is inspired by the concept of a sustainable township on the land in Ream Bay. Through the commitment to sustainable principles and the provision of outstanding urban living experiences, Bay of Lights seeks to contribute to the long-term progress and advancement of the coastal city of Sihanoukville while creating an appealing and dynamic community for residents.

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