The news was announced by Thong Khon, minister of tourism, at the tourism workshop in Siem Reap on Thursday. "With the opening of the three new, we will have seven in total of border crossings with Vietnam and expect bringing more Vietnamese tourists", Chinese language newspaper the Commercial News quoted Thong Khon as saying. The seven border crossings were located in Cambodia's Svay Ring, Kampot, Kampong Cham, Rotanak Kiri, Mondol Kiri, Kracheh and Takaev provinces.

Thong khon said the new border crossings will allow 500 vehicles to pass through per day and currently, there are 150 tourism vehicles permitted crossing the old four land gateways every day.

According to the minister, this year has already seen 100, 041 visitors from Vietnam, a 34 percent year-on-year increase in the first four months of this year, and account to 12.55 percent of the total foreign tourists visiting Cambodia.

Cambodia and Vietnam signed an agreement to open seven border crossings in total in 1998.

Xinhua - June 5, 2009