Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Arrivals of tourists up 20 per cent

Arrivals of tourists up 20 per cent

Arrivals of tourists up 20 per cent

Arrivals at the Kingdom’s two main international airports rose more than 20 per cent year on year in the first quarter of 2013, according to data from Cambodia Airports. Officials said the rise reflects the normalisation of the world economy and the country’s political stability.

According to the data, 750,355 passengers arrived at the two airports over the first quarter, up from 608,281 arrivals in the same period last year.

Kong Sophearak, director of the Ministry of Tourism’s statistics department, attributed the rise in travellers to the improvement of the global economy.

“The increase of tourist arrivals by air is emphasising we have political stability so that people want to visit us. Another thing, we have also received some new airlines coming, and our Cambodia Angkor Air have also increased their number of flights,” he said.

“Recently we have seen Cambodia Airlines, our other national carrier, sign an agreement with foreign investors to operate their business – this proves foreign investors trust our policies.”

Regional tourists, as well as those from South Korea, China and Japan, are responsible for much of the increase in numbers, he said.

The number of arrivals at Phnom Penh International Airport during the first quarter of the year increased by 13.49 per cent, from 261,186 to 296,427. Arrivals at Siem Reap International Airport, meanwhile, jumped by 30.77 per cent, from 347,095 to 453,928.

Ho Vandy, co-chair of the government-private sector working group on tourism, said: “I noticed that some existing airlines are increasing the number of loads and flights because they’ve got an increase in the number of passengers.”

Vandy said that if the tourist arrivals trend continued growing at the current rate, it would surpass expectations for tourism growth.


  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • PM Hun Sen says dangers averted

    Delivering a campaign speech from his home via Facebook Live on Thursday, caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen said his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had carried the country through danger in its latest mandate. He was specifically referring to the threat of a “colour revolution”

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding