Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017
This year marked a significant milestone in Cambodia-China tourism relations as China became the biggest source of foreign tourists to Cambodia, after overtaking Vietnam in the first quarter of the year, said Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon.
Khon said, “It is a milestone year for tourism relations between our two countries.”
He said Cambodia received 4.3 million foreign visitors during the first 10 months of 2017, going up by 10 percent from the same period last year. Chinese tourists accounted for almost 950,000, up 45 percent, and they represented 21.9 percent of the total international tourists to the kingdom.
“Based on the figures, it’s expected that Chinese tourists to Cambodia will exceed 1 million in 2017,” he said.
Khon said that a tourist spends an average of 700 U.S. dollars during his or her stay in Cambodia, which is quite significant in developing the local economy and reducing poverty. Their spending in Cambodia can feed many local people.
The growth was also due to Cambodia’s political stability, attractive tourism sites and increasing direct flights between the two countries, Thong Khon said, adding that there were 126 direct flights each week connecting China and Cambodia. Thong Khon said Cambodia is projected to attract 7 million international visitors, including 2 million Chinese tourists by 2020, which could lead to a gross revenue of 5 billion U.S. dollars and create local jobs for 1 million people.
Tourism is one of the four sectors supporting the Cambodian economy. The country has three world heritage sites, namely Angkor archeological park in northwestern Siem Reap province, Preah Vihear Temple in northwestern Preah Vihear province, and Sambor Prei Kuk archeological site in central Kampong Thom province.
In addition, it has a pristine coastline stretching 450 km and spanning four south-western provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Kep and Koh Kong.
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