The Apsara Authority yesterday urged the public to stop reposting old pictures of garbage at the Angkor Wat temple site to avoid confusing tourists.
Spokesman Long Kosal said the pictures do not reflect the current situation after the garbage had been removed.
“So please use pictures or images and content that reflect the real progress of the Angkor site area, especially the current activities of Apsara Authority such as preparing parking areas and planting grass, flowers and trees to attract more tourists to visit our temple,” he said. “We need to jointly work together to stop the circulation of outdated images in order to promote the beauty of our temple complex and contribute to the development of the national tourism sector.”
Mr Kosal said that besides repairs and conservation work on the temple, the Apsara Authority has preserved the Angkor site’s environment by banning the sale and consumption of food on the lawns in front of the temple, making parking arrangements, having bike lanes as well as constructing and maintaining roads.
“The purpose of all this is to serve the tourism sector and promote the Angkor Wat temple by making it more attractive to tourists,” Mr Kosal noted, adding that spreading and sharing outdated pictures can confuse tourists and cause them to change their minds about visiting the site.
According to a recent Angkor Enterprise report, the number of foreign visitors at the world-famous Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap has declined.
It said that 1.6 million foreign tourists bought passes to the temple complex from January to September, a 12 percent decline over the same nine-month period last year. Income from ticket sales reached just $74 million, a 13 percent decline from the same period last year.
Last year, Angkor Enterprise sold entrance passes to 2.5 million foreign tourists, earning $116 million.