Cambodia expects 10 million tourist arrivals in 2017

first_imgAs indicated by the Tourism Ministry of Cambodia, over the last 10 years, the number of domestic tourists in Cambodia has almost doubled at a rate of about 5-7% every year. The Ministry has counted about 5.8 million local tourists in the year 2007. The figures are being driven mainly by the travellers who have been taking multiple trips. This is an increase of nearly seven percent as compared to 2015. It has been predicted that the number of inbound tourists would be reaching about 10 million for the year 2017. Siem Reap, Cambodian Cultural Village theme park, Tonle Sap Lake and Angkor Wat, Sihanoukville are well known tourist spots in Cambodia.Kim Sereiroth, Director, Ministry of Tourism-Cambodia, said, “The ever increasing diversification of the several tourist attractions, combined with the accessibility to the different sites and also the excellent infrastructure have been responsible for a sudden boom in local visitors. Cambodia used to welcome less number of local tourists in the past. However, thanks to the newly developed nature parks and the other tourism locales, the scenario of domestic tourism bears a positive outlook.”Chhay Sivlin, President, Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, mentioned that the public safety and rising incomes had been motivating more local travellers to explore the country. “The stable economic growth definitely paves the way for better income. However, domestic package tours were also quite popular for company trips that would be looking forward to travel in groups without having to arrange their own accommodation,” added Sivlin.last_img