Published on : Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Around 270,000 Chinese visitors came to Cambodia in the first quarter of 2017, which is an increase of about 26 percent over the same period last year, as the number of Vietnamese visitors to the kingdom declined by 6 percent to 203,400.
Cambodia-China exceptional relations, Cambodia’s attractive tourism sites and more direct flights between the two countries are the prime factors attracting more Chinese tourists and businessmen to Cambodia. Currently, 12 airlines have been operating around 120 flights per week between Cambodian and Chinese cities. Cambodia targets 2 million Chinese tourists by 2020.
The Cambodian government is aiming to provide Chinese signage and documents for visa processing, promote local use of the Chinese Yuan currency, support use of Chinese language, and ensure that food and accommodation facilities cater to Chinese tastes.
Cambodia is famous for the 12th century Angkor Archaeological Park in north-western Siem Reap province. Besides, it has a 450-km pristine coastline stretching across four provinces in the south-western part.
Tourism is one of the four pillars supporting the local economy. In 2016, the country welcomed 5 million foreigners, including 830,000 Chinese, earning gross revenue of $3.4 billion.