Cambodia’s tourism receipts reach $2.5b

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Cambodia tourismCambodia earned $2.5 billion from the tourism sector in 2013, a senior government official said on April 14.

Sok An, head of the Office of the Council of Ministers, said the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia has been steadily increasing from only around 120,000 in 1993 to more than 4.2 million in 2013, most of them visitors to Cambodian cultural heritage sites such as the Angkor Wat temples.

Last year’s income from tourism accounted for around 16 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and provided jobs directly to about 400,000 people, Sok An said.

The Cambodian government hopes to attract 6.5 million foreign tourists to the country in 2018 and earn $4 billion in income from tourism, providing jobs directly to about 650,000 people.

Sok An made the statement at the celebration of the Cambodian New Year at Angkor Wat temple.

Angkor Wat is one of the most visited destinations in Cambodia, and lately especially from Chinese tourists.

The number of Chinese visitors to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, one of the World Heritage Sites, has continued to grow in the first two months of 2014,  tourism official say.

Some 71,100 Chinese had visited the 12th century temple during the January-February period this year, up 10.5 per cent compared with the same period last year, said Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of the tourism department in Siem Reap province, where the temple is located.

“China is the second largest source of tourists to the temple after South Korea,” he said, adding that last year, the temple was visited by about 266,500 Chinese tourists, up 50 per cent year-on-year.

“The continued increase in Chinese tourists to the ancient temple is thanks to excellent Cambodian-Chinese ties, broader promotion of the Angkor to the globe, and more direct flight connection between Cambodia and various cities in China,” he said.

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Cambodia earned $2.5 billion from the tourism sector in 2013, a senior government official said on April 14.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Cambodia tourismCambodia earned $2.5 billion from the tourism sector in 2013, a senior government official said on April 14.

Sok An, head of the Office of the Council of Ministers, said the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia has been steadily increasing from only around 120,000 in 1993 to more than 4.2 million in 2013, most of them visitors to Cambodian cultural heritage sites such as the Angkor Wat temples.

Last year’s income from tourism accounted for around 16 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product and provided jobs directly to about 400,000 people, Sok An said.

The Cambodian government hopes to attract 6.5 million foreign tourists to the country in 2018 and earn $4 billion in income from tourism, providing jobs directly to about 650,000 people.

Sok An made the statement at the celebration of the Cambodian New Year at Angkor Wat temple.

Angkor Wat is one of the most visited destinations in Cambodia, and lately especially from Chinese tourists.

The number of Chinese visitors to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, one of the World Heritage Sites, has continued to grow in the first two months of 2014,  tourism official say.

Some 71,100 Chinese had visited the 12th century temple during the January-February period this year, up 10.5 per cent compared with the same period last year, said Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of the tourism department in Siem Reap province, where the temple is located.

“China is the second largest source of tourists to the temple after South Korea,” he said, adding that last year, the temple was visited by about 266,500 Chinese tourists, up 50 per cent year-on-year.

“The continued increase in Chinese tourists to the ancient temple is thanks to excellent Cambodian-Chinese ties, broader promotion of the Angkor to the globe, and more direct flight connection between Cambodia and various cities in China,” he said.

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid