Cambodia’s tourism grows
PHNOM PENH, 19 August 2015: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered an increase of 5.9% in June, according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department.
The country attracted 318,267 trips compared to 300,454 during the same month last year.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Monday, data showed Vietnam led the field with 86,556 visits up 10.1% from 78,597 during the same month in 2014.
Other markets in the top five were: China (45,432; +32.2%); Laos (28,610; -15.0%); Thailand (21,955; +33.0%); and South Korea (17,282; -16.4%).
In June, 48.7% (154,952) of all international visitors arrived by air. Phnom Penh Airport received the major share, 25.2% (80,095). Siem Reap Airport secured a market share of 23.5% (74,857).
Overland travel accounted for 48.7% (155,035) of all travel arrivals, through checkpoints with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, while sea travel was a small 2.6% (8,280).
In addition, the data showed tourist arrivals to Phnom Penh and other destinations enjoyed a market share of 54.9% attracting 203,581, while Siem Reap province, home of Angkor Wat, accounted for 30.9% welcoming 114,686 190,590 visits. Coastal areas had a market share of 12.7% with 47,095 visits while ecotourism areas accounted for a 1.5% receiving 5,382 visits.
By region, Asia-Pacific accounted for an 83.3% market share and posted an increase of 5.7% supporting 265,121 visits.
Africa recorded an increase of 55.4% with 673 visits, followed by Middle East (+22.5%; 625), Americas (+11.8%; 20,653), Oceania (+6.0%; 10,894), and Europe (+3.3%; 31,195).
Outbound trips by Cambodians in June reached 91,433 increasing 29.4% from 70,654 during the same month last year.
For January to June, this year, the country welcomed 2,301,990 international travellers up 4.6% from 2,201,368 visits in 2014.
Outbound trips reached 553,014 growing 21.6% for the first six months of the year compared to 454,786 trips during the same period last year.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon said Vietnamese, Chinese and South Korean tourists topped the list, but that was a slowdown in arrivals from South Korea and Russia, also, most of the incoming tourist to Cambodia has shown interest on a holiday to Vietnam
“The reason for the slowdown from South Korea was the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in May, while economic problems caused Russian tourist numbers to fall” in the other hand most of the group travel packages to Vietnam also shown their interest to visit Cambodia.
The minister hopes tourism will be picked up in the second half of this year. “We hope by the end of this year we will achieve our target of 5 million tourists in 2015.”
News source: ttrweekly.com