Cambodia Welcomes 1.5 Million Foreign Tourists in Q1

During the first three months of 2017, some 1.5 million foreign tourists visited Cambodia, up 12 percent compared with the same period last year.

Angkor temples in Siem Reap province, the coastal areas, Phnom Penh capital, and the northeastern eco-tourism areas are the most popular destinations for international visitors with an increase by 19, 12, 16 and 12 percent, respectively, Mr. Kong Sopheareak, Director of Statistics and Planning Department at the Ministry of Tourism, told local media recently.

The Chinese ranked first among the top ten foreign tourists to Cambodia, followed by the Vietnamese, Koreans, Japanese, he pointed out.

Mr. Kong Sopheareak attributed the year-on-year tourism growth to direct flights from different countries around the world to Cambodia and to the creation of various events and new products to attract tourists.

Last year, Cambodia welcomed over 5 million foreign tourists, up 5 percent compared with the previous year.

Cambodia is expected to attract some 5.4 million foreign tourists this year and 7 million in 2020 � the effort that will bring about a total revenue of around US$5 billion and generate about one million direct jobs.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press