Angkor Wat continues to attract tourists despite steep fees

Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017

Angkor WatThe steep rise in the ticket prices of Angkor Wat have not deterred tourist arrivals from attending this region.


The ticket prices of this tourist attraction have been increased from 1st February onwards, this year. And, though several people feared that this would adversely impact the tourist visits to this area, on the contrary, it remained constant. Also, it failed to contribute significantly to the government offices, according to new data.


The official figures that were released on Saturday by the Angkor Enterprise also indicated that the state-run ticketing agency for Angkor Wat Archaeological Park portrayed that the World Heritage Site close to Siem Reap has reached up to 701,358 during the initial quarter of the year.


Meanwhile, the revenue rose to nearly $20.3 million that marks a 1.7% year-on-year increase though there have been price hikes that actually double the cost of single-day admission.


Certain tourism experts had been anxious about the government’s decision to sharply raise the entrance fee amount to Angkor Wat and had argued that it would lead to loss of motivation for foreign travellers to visit this ancient temple complex and subsequently to the country itself.


On 1st February, the government had raised the price of one-day ‘foreign-visitor’ admission to Angkor Wat to $37, from the existent $20.


Meanwhile, it increased the price of a three-day pass to $62, from $40 and a week-long pass to $72, from $60. Chhay Sivlin who is the president of the Cambodia Travel Agent Association (CATA) said that she has not noticed any remarkable changes in visitor trends so far.


She feels that is the priced are altered too fast, tourists would not go to temples.


Sivlin added that the revenues might be speeding up in the next quarter of 2017. Ho Vandy, secretary-general of Cambodia National Tourism Alliance said that is almost appears that the price hike of the entrance fees is not really having a major impact on the profitability as well as the visitor rates so far.


The Angkor Wat Archaeological Park generated almost $63.6 million in revenue last year and as many as 2.2 million tickets were sold that marks a rise of 4.2% as compared to that is 2015.


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