TRAVEL Chinese tourists to Cambodia reach nearly 1 mln in H1

TRAVEL

Chinese tourists to Cambodia reach nearly 1 mln in H1

Xinhua

21:52, August 15, 2018

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Some 931,763 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first six months of 2018, up 75.8 percent over the same period last year, the Tourism Ministry's latest report showed on Wednesday.

Chinese holidaymakers accounted for 31 percent of the three million international tourists visiting Cambodia during the January-June period this year, the report said, adding that China topped the chart among the top 10 international arrivals to the kingdom.

Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon predicted that the Southeast Asian country could attract at least 1.7 million Chinese tourists in 2018 and up to 2.5 million in 2020.

Cambodia is well-known for three world heritage sites, namely the Angkor archeological park in northwestern Siem Reap province, the Preah Vihear Temple in northwestern Preah Vihear province, and the Sambor Prei Kuk archeological site in central Kampong Thom province.

Besides, it has a pristine coastline stretching in the length of 450 km in four southwestern provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep.

Tourism is one of the four sectors supporting the country's economy. Last year, the country received 5.6 million foreign tourists including 1.21 million Chinese, earning gross revenue of $3.6 billion. 

Cover photo: VCG

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