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More than 640,000 tourists take advantage of long holiday

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The Ministry of Tourism announced yesterday that during the four-day holiday of the King’s coronation and the Water Festival, there were more than 640,000 tourists who travelled within the country.

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Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said there were more than 644,000 tourists across Cambodia, and Siem Reap province attracted the most.

“During the past four days, a total of 644,698 tourists visited the country. Among the domestic tourists, there were about 635,568 nationals and about 9,130 domestic foreigners,” he said.

Khon said in addition to the daily report, the ministry observed a decrease in tourists in the northwestern region, which used to receive a lot of visitors, due to the consequences of the floods.

“However, Siem Reap is still a popular destination, attracting the most tourists,” he said.

Ngouv Sengkak, director of Siem Reap provincial department of tourism, said yesterday that more than 160,000 national and foreign tourists visited Siem Reap during the holiday.

“The number of tourists coming to Siem Reap during the holiday of the King’s Coronation Day and the Water Festival was about 167,225 people. There were 1,225 foreign tourists, a decrease of 94.17 percent compared to the same period in 2019 when there were 21,028,” he said.

“There were more than 160,000 Cambodian tourists, of whom more than 93,000 visited the Angkor area and more than 73,000 visited the resorts and communities in Siem Reap, such as in Phnom Kulen National Park, some tourism communities and the Cambodian Cultural Village which reopened especially for the holiday,” he added.

Khon said according to the initial assessment, the expenses of tourists are limited because some choose to travel as a family and take food with them, as income is low due to COVID-19.

“However, locals and the private sector enjoyed this influx of domestic tourists at all destinations,” he said.

 

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