The offer of free food and accommodations services from Cambodia, the host of the 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, is likely to help Vietnam save approximately US$501,000 during the regional multisport event. This is due to the significant cost savings associated with the free services provided. Furthermore, the provision of these services can help ensure a successful event, as athletes and delegates are able to focus on their performance rather than worrying about the cost of food and lodging.
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The 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games are set to be held in five provinces across Cambodia – the capital of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap Province, Preah Sihanouk Province, Kampot Province, and Kep Province – from May 5 to 17. This will be the first time that the SEA Games will be hosted in Cambodia, and the country is preparing to welcome athletes from all over the region to compete in this prestigious event. From May 5 to 17, the people of Cambodia will bear witness to a variety of sporting events, with more than 14,000 athletes from 11 countries participating in 36 different sports. The SEA Games are held every two years, and this year’s edition is sure to be a spectacular celebration of sport and culture.
The Biennial Games is expected to draw the attendance of 11,000 athletes, coaches, referees, and officials from 11 delegations competing in 608 events across 48 sports.
The Southeast Asian Sports Federation (SEASF) has set out that all members of sports delegations participating in the SEA Games held in any country must be provided with a daily allowance of $50 for food and accommodation. This sum will ensure that participants have the resources they need to enjoy the event.
The host country also has to take care of all necessary domestic transportation for the delegations.
With the generous offer of free meals and accommodations, Cambodia will have to shell out approximately $550,000 per day to cover the costs of their hospitality, according to a sports official from Vietnam.
This translates to an amount of $5.5 million for the entire run of the SEA Games, given an average stay of ten days of each sports member, including a $501,500 portion to cover meals and accommodations for the Vietnamese sports delegation of 1,003 members, which was officially established on Monday.
As a result, Vietnam can save the $501,500 cost while still paying $400–500 for air tickets and a $20 per diem for incidentals and other expenses for each member.
In addition to free meals and accommodations, Cambodia has declared that all tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies and competitions at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will be free of charge.
There will be no charge for the broadcasting rights to the event.