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Published on : Thursday, November 17, 2016
The number of tourist arrivals in Cambodia from China and Thailand also rose sharply during the period.
Kong Sopheareak, director of statistics and information at the Ministry of Tourism, said that 3.5 million foreign tourists visited Cambodia during the Jan.-Sept. period this year, representing a 4.8 percent rise over the same period last year.
In the first nine months of this year, tourist arrivals from China rose about 12.5 percent, up to 577,280. Thai visitors rose 18.9 percent, up to 255,647, while Vietnam topped the charts with an increase of 0.1 percent to 695,670, he said.
He added that the increase in Thai tourists visiting Cambodia was because Thailand shares a common border with Cambodia, and it was easy for Thais to cross the border.
“Both Cambodia and China have a good relationship and big investments and that’s the reason Chinese tourists like to come here and there are more and more direct flights from China to Cambodia,” Sopheareak was quoted as saying by the Khmer Times.