Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Angkor hosts 2.6M visitors

Angkor hosts 2.6M visitors

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Visitors cross the bridge into Angkor Wat in Siem Reap town’s Nokor Thom commune. Heng Chivoan

Angkor hosts 2.6M visitors

The Angkor Archaeological Park welcomed nearly 2.6 million international visitors last year, generating more than $100 million in revenue, a statement from the state-run Angkor Enterprise released on Tuesday said.

The park saw a 5.45 per cent rise in visitors to 2.59 million from last year, while revenue from ticket sales jumped eight per cent, generating $116.64 million.

However, revenue declined 1.59 per cent to around $12.11 million in December even though the number of visitors to the Kingdom’s iconic tourist site increased 0.16 per cent to 267,647.

The temple site is the key player to attract tourists and is a source of millions of dollars in income for the country, said Siem Reap provincial Department of Tourism director Ngov Seng Kak.

Though the Kingdom’s tourism industry is attractive due to the temples in its hands, tourism operators have to pay more attention to jointly promote the sector to attract more tourists to the country, said Ngov, adding that the quality of hospitality services is also a critical part of the sector.

“Our temples have immeasurable value – merely the reputation of our temples already helps to bring a lot of international tourists to the country. With quality service and good hospitality, tourists will be attracted to stay longer and plan to come back for a next trip,” he said.

Ngov said the natural and eco-community tourist sites are also good attractions for international tourists after they visit the Angkor area.

Cambodia’s tourism sector is experiencing remarkable growth, as international visitors flock to see the country’s natural beauty and cultural attractions.

During the first 10 months of last year, Cambodia welcomed more than 4.82 million international tourists, while 5.6 million came to visit the Kingdom in 2017.

Chinese tourists top the list, followed by tourists from Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and South Korea, according to Ministry of Tourism data.

The government projects that seven million visitors will visit the Kingdom next year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Phnom Penh governor: Show Covid-19 vaccination cards, or else

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng late on October 5 issued a directive requiring all people aged 18 and over and the parents of children aged 6-17 to produce Covid-19 vaccination cards when entering schools, markets, malls, marts, eateries and other business establishments that have been permitted