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Angkor complex reopens

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Tourists visit Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province in 2018. Photo supplied

Angkor complex reopens

Apsara National Authority and Angkor Enterprise on April 25 reopened Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province to visitors after it was temporarily closed on April 7 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to locals.

This is accordance with Royal Government Circular No 53 dated April 25, which ended an inter-provincial travel ban and closures of tourism resorts nationwide, the two authorities said in joint statement issued on the same day.

“Apsara National Authority and Angkor Enterprise has reopened [the complex] for tourists to visit the temples and restarted sales of tickets to Angkor as usual,” they said.

From January to March, Angkor Enterprise sold a total of 4,482 tickets to foreign visitors, which generated $185,079, down 98.97 per cent from the same period last year.

Foreign visitors to the temple complex plummeted by 81.82 per cent to 400,889 last year over 2019. Revenue from ticket sales was $18,654,828 in 2020, down by 81.17 per cent from a year earlier, Angkor Enterprise reported.

Cambodia logged just $1.023 billion in international tourism revenue last year, marking a 79.4 per cent drop from $4.919 billion in 2019.

The Kingdom welcomed 1,306,143 international tourists in 2020, down by 80.2 per cent from 6,610,592 in 2019, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s 2020 Tourism Statistics Report.

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