The number of tourists flying direct to Siem Reap from Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane and Singapore increased by nearly 30 percent over the first five months of 2002, compared to the same period in 2001, Ministry of Tourism figures show.
More than 76,000 tourists arrived in Siem Reap from international airports between January and May 2002. About 59,000 tourists flew into Siem Reap from abroad during the first five months of 2001.
The ministry’s report on the sizable jump in numbers comes 10 months after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks on the US that sparked regional fears that Southeast Asia’s tourism industry would suffer.
The number of travelers arriving from Vientiane took the biggest leap, with 2,998 coming to Siem Reap in the first five months of 2002, compared to just 197 over the same period in 2001. Lao Aviation increased its number of flights in 2002.
More than 28,000 tourists came to Siem Reap from Ho Chi Minh City between January and May 2002—up from 17,454 during that same period.
There were 42,798 tourists who came to Siem Reap from Bangkok during the first five months of 2002, compared to 39,273 during the first five months of 2001. From Singapore, 2,267 tourists came to Siem Reap, compared to 2,258 during the first five months of 2001.
The total number of arrivals by land, boat and the country’s two international airports was 315,023 during the first five months of 2002, according to ministry figures.
Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists visiting Angkor Wat during the first half of 2002 jumped to 212,690, compared with 121,278 during the first half of 2001, according to government figures cited by Kyodo News.