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Cambodia earns more than $25 Million from natural tourism services in first nine months of 2020

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Neth Pheaktra on a slide rope at one of the wildlife sanctuary. Un Rithy

During the first nine months of 2020, Cambodia earned some $25.21 million from natural tourism services.

Neth Pheaktra, Spokesperson and Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment said this when visiting Phnom Tbeng, Phnom Tnoat-Phnom Pok Natural Heritage Parks and Kulen Prum Tep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear province recently.

Pheaktra continued that during the period, some 536,545 tourists including 7,385 foreigners visited Cambodia’s 22 communities in 12 protected areas of 8 provinces.

In 2020, the number of local and foreign visitors in Cambodia’s natural tourism regions administrated by the ministry increased remarkably compared with the previous years, the spokesperson pointed out.

He added that in 2018, 343,852 tourists visited those regions resulting in $16.16 million income, while in 2019, there were 402,293 tourists resulting in $18.90 million income.

He also underlined the Royal Government of Cambodia’s policy to develop potential tourism sites as natural tourism areas in order to promote local and national growth as well as to strengthen the efficiency of national resources and biodiversity conservation.

According to Pheaktra, there are currently 22 natural tourism communities covering 35,003 hectares of land surface at the 12 protected areas in the provinces of Rattanakiri, Kampong Speu, Pursat, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhnang, Koh Kong and Kampot. Lim Nary – AKP

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