Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017
Enthusiastic visitors kept on visiting Angkor Wat, in spite of steep ticket price from February 1st of this year. But this measure did not draw provide any significant material gain for the government coffers whatsoever.
As per the data released by the Angkor Enterprise, the ticket sales went up to 701,358 during the first quarter of the year with revenue rise to $20.3 million, a mere 1.7 percent year-on-year increase. Price hike and other issues could not stop the selling of tickets for Angkor Wat Archaeological Park.
However, some experts have expressed their concern over the increase of ticket price as price-conscious international travelers might skip visiting this ancient temple complex from their agenda.
The government On February 1st increased the price of one-day “foreign visitor” admission to Angkor Wat to $37 which was $20 previously. In the meantime, it increased the price of a three-day pass to $62, which was $40, and a week-long pass to $72, from $60 respectively.
To quote Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Travel Agent Association (CATA), ‘We were worried that if we changed our prices too fast, tourists would not go to the temples. Maybe revenue will speed up in the next quarter, because in the beginning the increased fees had made us adjust our tour package pricing.’