Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Tourist arrivals up 18 per cent

Tourist arrivals up 18 per cent

Tourist arrivals up 18 per cent

International tourist arrivals soared nearly 18 per cent in the first quarter in this year compared to the same period the year before, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism.

The ministry’s official statistics report showed that Cambodia received 1,172,072 tourists in three-month period, compared with 995,210 last year.

The statistics show that international tourists arrivals through both international airports made up 52.1 per cent, or 611,160 tourists.

Phnom Penh International Airport accounted for 18.6 per cent of arrivals and Siem Reap International Airport had 33.5 per cent.

Arrivals by land made up 45.7 per cent, and arrivals by water constituted 2.1 per cent.

Tourist arrivals in Siem Reap increased 8.6 per cent to 694,729 in 2013, while the Phnom Penh and other destinations’ attracted 477,343 tourists in this three-month period, an increase of 34.3 per cent.

Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said the tourism sector in Cambodia did not have a low-season because the numbers of tourists is high every month.

Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said that numbers of international tourists would drop in the rainy season. But he said foreign tourists are accustomed to the rainy season.

“In the rainy season the views are beautiful and green everywhere and the rainfall is short,” he said. “The weather is not hot. I think if the tourists come in the rainy time, they will feel warm, and accommodation is cheaper than other months.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor lifetime pass, special Siem Reap travel offers planned

    The Ministry of Tourism plans to introduce a convenient, single lifetime pass for foreign travellers to visit Angkor Archaeological Park and potentially other areas. The move is designed to stimulate tourism to the culturally rich province of Siem Reap as the start of the “Visit

  • Bosba: The first Khmer woman composer from UK’s Cambridge

    Bosba Panh is just 25 years old, but she’s already accomplished some impressive milestones for herself and the Kingdom. On July 24, she graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge as the first Khmer woman composer and Khmer music graduate ever at

  • ‘Golden’ Angkor Wat likely due to natural phenomenon: ANA

    Pictures and video clips of the Angkor Wat temple, its spires seemingly coated in gold, have been shared tens of thousands of times on social media, prompting a sense of wonder among those who have seen them. Hong Sam Ath, who took the pictures and

  • Pailin longan winery tries to break through to the big time

    Longan aren’t quite as glamorous as some fruits. They don’t have the star-power of mangos or generate the excitement of a pricey seasonal niche fruit like the pungent durian. Unlike bananas or oranges, which are known and loved everywhere, longan remains a decidedly

  • Debt restructuring over, time to tackle rising NPL ratio

    The Cambodian banking system has just completed a 26-month debt restructuring exercise where scores of loan accounts were revised, classified and provisioned as the rate of non-performing loans inched up, sparking a slight credit risk unease Implemented in April 2020, the Covid-19 debt restructuring measures came

  • Koh Slaket studio resort brings culture with style

    Davitra (Cambodia) Co Ltd’s multi-million-dollar 13ha Koh Slaket studio-cum-resort just east of the capital was inaugurated in the first phase on August 6, providing national and international tourists with a new travel option and job opportunities for locals. The man-made cultural and scenic lakefront getaway