Over 1 million tourists travel in Cambodia during Lunar New Year holiday

By VNA   February 17, 2024 | 06:28 pm PT
Over 1 million tourists travel in Cambodia during Lunar New Year holiday
Tourists line up to tour the ruins at Angkor Wat in Cambodia on March 9, 2023. Photo by Yusuke Harada via Reuters
Cambodia recorded more than 1 million tourists during the Lunar New Year holiday, according to its Ministry of Tourism.

They comprised about 993,990 locals and 57,480 foreigners who traveled within the country during Feb. 9-11, the ministry said, adding that the top five tourist destinations were Preah Sihanouk province (nearly 300,000 visitors), followed by Siem Reap and Battambang provinces (over 100,000 each).

Ho Vandy, an advisor at the Cambodia Tourism Association, said that a considerable number of people in Cambodia have tended to go traveling during holidays and weekends, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic eased.

He also pointed out a sharp rise in the number of tours to the country booked by Chinese during the Lunar New Year holiday, by about 20-30% compared to last year’s holiday.

The ministry reported that Cambodia’s tourism sector earned more than US$3 billion in 2023, surging 115% from the previous year’s revenue of $1.41 billion.

The country welcomed 5.45 million international tourist arrivals in 2023, up 140% from the 2.27 million in 2022.

Anticipating further tourism recovery this year, Cambodia hopes to attract the number of tourists equivalent to or exceeding the record set in 2019, before the pandemic broke out, when it saw over 6.6 million international tourists and earned nearly $5 billion in revenue, or about 12% of its GDP.

Tourism is one of the four pillars of the Cambodian economy.

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