Cambodia’s Tourism Ministry has started encouraging tourism businesses to accept Chinese yuan, as part of a drive to make the country more attractive to Chinese visitors.
The Cambodia Daily reported Hor Sarun, Cambodia’s Secretary of State for Tourism, as confirming the move on Friday.
“We have been advising tourism establishments like restaurants, accommodations, entertainment venues and exchange shops to facilitate payments in yuan in order to make it easy for Chinese tourists to spend in our country,” he told the newspaper.
Cambodia’s official currency is the riel, but the majority of transactions are conducted in US dollars.
The country welcomed approximately 700,000 Chinese visitors in 2015, but is aiming to almost triple this figure to two million by 2020.