Cambodia is currently the second most vaccinated country in Southeast Asia after Singapore: the kingdom has already inoculated over 60% of its 16.5 million people, while over 95% of its residents in the capital Phnom Penh (2.1 million) are fully vaccinated. The country anticipates it will reach herd immunity with 75% of its population double vaccinated by the end of September. The Cambodian government started vaccinating children over the age of 12 in August.
Herman Kemp, general manager of Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, says the vaccination rates in the country, together with stringent hygiene measures, makes him confident the hotel will be prepared for international visitors once travel resumes.
Kemp says Cambodia’s successful reopening will be dependent on a fast inoculation rollout and consumer confidence. ‘If Cambodia continues on the current vaccination trajectory, we will most likely become the first country in Southeast Asia to open to tourists,’ he adds.