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Angkor Wat voted world’s top tourist site

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Cambodia’s Angkor Wat was yesterday named the world’s number one landmark in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice awards.
The World Heritage site beat competition from the likes of India’s Taj Mahal, Peru’s Machu Picchu, and St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City to take the top spot.
The winners of the annual Traveller’s Choice awards are calculated based on the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks over a 12-month period.
Angkor Wat consistently impressed reviewers among more than two million tourists that visit the site annually.
Thourn Sinan, chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Cambodia, said the award would help attract a new wave of foreign tourists.
“It is a good way of promoting our country to the world,” Mr Sinan said.
“The government has been doing a lot to improve services in the tourist industry. Now the general public should get involved and join hands to keep our country clean and attract more tourists.”
Fewer than 10,000 foreign tourists visited Angkor Wat in 1993, but this number had swelled to more than 2.19 million by the end of last year, generating $62.5 million from ticket sales.
In February, the government set a new price for entrance to the historical park, bringing the cost into line with other tourism destinations in the region.
The price of a one-day pass is now $37, up from $20, while a three-day pass rose to $62 from $40 and a weekly pass to $72 from $60.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the United Arab Emirates came in second in the awards, followed by Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba of Spain in third.
The white marble Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is relatively new compared with other landmarks on the list, having opened in 2007.
St Peter’s Basilica was fourth, the Taj Mahal fifth and Machu Picchu eighth on the list of 10.

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