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Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Tourism Ministry of Cambodia has stated that the number of Cambodians travelling abroad as tourists have risen by 7,00,000 in the first half of 2016, marking a 26% rise from the last year, during the same period.
Industry experts have also claimed that more number of Cambodians have been travelling overseas thanks to the economic growth of the nation. Kong Sophearak, director, department of statistics and information, Tourism Ministry of Cambodia also echoed similar sentiments.
He said that although Cambodia is not a large country, it has been exporting large number of tourists to neighbouring countries.
This year, 6,99,654 Cambodian tourists travelled abroad while last year 5,33,014 tourists travelled overseas.
Ho Vandy, secretary-general, National Tourism Federation, Cambodia said that since the average income of the Cambodians have been steadily rising, they are capable of affording travel to their neighbouring nations. Vandy added that Cambodians have also been seizing the opportunities to travel overseas for exploring business opportunities and enjoy access to medical check-ups.
He then said that the absence of visa requirements in the Asian region and direct flights on budget airlines also motivate the increased travel.
Veang Chivuth, operations manager of a local travel agency said that the stiff competition between the regional tour companies have lowered the price of various tour packages that makes travelling overseas really affordable for the Cambodians.
Chivuth also went on to add that a majority of the Cambodians prefer travelling to China and Malaysia simply due to the fact that the packages to these locales range between $200 to $600.
The World Bank had studied the national per capita income of Cambodia and found that it had progressed to a lower-middle income status from a low-income nation, on 1st July. As per the studies of World Bank, the per capita income of the nation has been estimated at $1,070.
At the same time, the number of tourists visiting Cambodia has also increased. Sophearak said that about 2.4 million foreign tourists had paid visit to Cambodia within the first half of 2016, marking a 2.6% rise from that of the previous year. He said that the leading 10 countries that have been sending travellers to Cambodia include Laos, United States, Australia, Britain, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, France, Japan and China.
Sophearak said that the number of tourists from Thailand rose by 23% and the number of tourists from China increased by 18% this year.