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Angkor scrutiny: Commission to investigate park figures

The National Assembly’s Anti-Corruption Commission will visit Siem Reap this month to further probe claims Angkor Archaeological Park’s manager, the Apsara Authority, underreported ticket sales, as new figures show a drop in visitors to the World Heritage site last month.

Opposition lawmaker Ho Vann, chairman of the commission, will make the visit on March 24 to follow up embezzlement accusations by fellow CNRP member Son Chhay.

“Though Son Chhay did not make any complaint to our commission, we as commission of anti-corruption will go there to investigate since it’s a big issue for the national revenue,” Vann said.

Meanwhile, official figures released last week show visitors and ticket sales for Angkor last month dropped 4 per cent.

Apsara, which could not be reached yesterday, has long denied irregularities surrounding its ticket sales.

Last year it reported 2.05 million foreign visitors had generated $59.34 million in revenue. However, in December, Chhay argued it was unreasonable to believe less than half of Cambodia’s 4.5 million foreign tourists for 2014 visited the Angkor complex.

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