Tourism Sector Continues Steady Revival

Tourist arrivals to Cambodia increased 16.04 percent to just over 2 million people in the first 10 months of the year compared with the same period last year, according to figures released by the Tourism Ministry yesterday.

Separate data released yesterday by the agency in charge of the Angkor Wat complex show that visitors to the temples in Siem Reap province increased 25.4 percent, to 1.02 million people between January and November.

According to the tourism ministry figures, visitors from Vietnam, South Korea and China represented the largest proportion of arrivals to the country. Vietnam experienced the biggest rise in the number of visitors, increasing 48.76 percent to 381,191 people between January and October.

Air arrivals to Cambodia, which has risen 15.65 percent in the first 10 months of the year, accounted for 51.2 percent of all visitor arrivals, while the number of visitors in the country for less than a day reached 95,042 people or 4.73 percent of the total number of arrivals.

Kong Sopheareak, director of the Ministry of Tourism’s statistics department, said Cambodia would likely see a further increase in the number of visitors by the end of the year as more tourists come to the country during the cold weather months in the West.

“The number of tourists will continue to increase from now until February,” he said.

Experts say an increase in the number of air arrivals to the country since last year’s economic crisis is a sign that tourism revenues are increasing.

“There are an array of direct flights to our country,” said Ho Vandy, co-chair of the government-private sector Tourism Working Group, adding that many airlines increased their flight frequencies since the high season began at the end of October.

However, he said that travel agents still needed to put more efforts into marketing Cambodia abroad and creating holiday packages for potential visitors.


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