Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More Cambodians travel for leisure

More Cambodians travel for leisure

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The Post’s Cheng Sokhorng visits Wildhaus, Switzerland earlier this month. Cambodians are increasingly travelling overseas for leisure. CHENG SOKHORNG

More Cambodians travel for leisure

Cambodians are increasingly travelling overseas for leisure, as the number of the Kingdom’s outbound tourists reached nearly two million last year, a trend that a tourism insider said was due to a change in spending habits of Cambodia’s middle-class.

The Ministry of Tourism’s 2018 report said the number of outbound Cambodian tourists topped 1.81 million between January and November last year – an increase of 12 per cent or 1.6 million compared to the whole of 2017. In 2016, the figure was 1.3 million.

Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) president Chhay Sivlin on Tuesday said the trend of Cambodians going overseas is on an upward curve due to a growing middle-class, rising incomes and better living standards.

“When people can fulfil their basic needs like food and daily spending, they can then afford to spend more on leisure activities,” she said, adding that people want to witness other countries’ development and learn from it.

“When people travel abroad, they can observe a country’s development and new business concepts which they can learn from to boost their incomes.”

An emerging trend

Sivlin said the majority of Cambodians travelling abroad do so through tour agents. Most go to Asean countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore where they spend about $500 to $700 per person per trip.

She said there is an emerging trend of outbound tourists to China, South Korea, Japan, Dubai and Europe’s developed countries.

Sophiya Travel & Tours founder Sreat Mom Sophear said her company organises more and more trips for Cambodians planning holidays abroad, and most of them prefer to travel in large groups.

With rising incomes and the popularity of social media, she noted that Cambodians’ lifestyles have changed and many like to show off by posting places that they visit on social media.

“For some people, a long holiday without any overseas trips is not a complete holiday,” she said, adding that the new trend encourages people to follow examples and encourage others to explore the rest of the world.

“For business people, the more they go abroad, the more they see new business trends. They observe new concepts and apply them to their own businesses at home to satisfy their customers.”

Sreu Sreng, an employee at a private company in Phnom Penh, is scheduled to visit Japan in March this year in the company of his parents after having visited almost all countries in Asean.

He said his six siblings value the benefit of travelling and agreed to split costs for their parents to go abroad.

“We are not very rich yet, but our living conditions are better and we can afford to spend on our parents to travel abroad,” he said.

“They had a hard time raising us, so it is time to compensate them. We believe that if our parents are happy, they will be healthy, and have a long life.”

Sreng said plans are in the works for their parents to visit South Korea and Europe.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer