Holiday Period a Small Reprieve for Embattled Tourism Industry

Beleaguered by widespread closures and job losses, Cambodia’s tourism industry enjoyed a small bump last month from a surge in domestic travel, a welcome reprieve amid an outlook that remains dim.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shut down global travel, causing the country’s tourism to plunge. Foreign ticket sales at its premier attraction — Angkor Archaeological Park — fell 99 percent year-on-year in July.

Tith Chantha, secretary of state at the Tourism Ministry, told a press conference on Thursday that August had been a bright spot: The weeklong Khmer New Year holiday — rescheduled from April due to Covid-19 — ignited local travel and the reopening of as much as 30 percent of hospitality businesses.

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