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Cambodian PM aims to double number of tourists by 2020

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May 11, 2011: Tourists gather on the top of the 10th century temple Bakheng in the Angkor Wat complex near Siem Reap, Cambodia. (AP)

Prime Minister Hun Sen says Cambodia can earn $5 billion a year from tourists by more than doubling foreign visitors to 7 million by 2020.

Hun Sen told a tourism seminar Thursday that Cambodia would need to improve the quality of services and infrastructure for tourists and strengthen laws safeguarding them to achieve the goal.

He also said police must crack down on the use of guns in public places, especially those frequented by foreigners.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said Cambodia earned nearly $2 billion from 2.88 million foreign tourists last year, and expects 3.2 million foreign visitors this year.