The number of foreign tourists visiting Cambodia rose by 10 percent during the first nine months of the year, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Tourism, as the Chinese continue to top the list of tourist arrivals.
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According to the report, 4.8 million foreign holidaymakers visited the Kingdom from January to September.
More than 3 million of these tourists arrived through one of Cambodia’s three international airports, the report notes.
The international airport in Phnom Penh handled 1.5 million passengers (a 12.7 percent growth), Siem Reap’s welcomed 1.2 million (10.9 percent growth), and 549,481 passed through Sihanoukville’s (a 308 percent increase).
Top Sopheak, Ministry of Tourism spokesman, told Khmer Times this week that China continues to be the most important market for the local tourism sector due to the availability of direct flights to dozens of destinations in China.
The Chinese are followed by Vietnamese visitors as the main nationalities visiting the Kingdom, he noted.
“The sector is experiencing healthy growth. We are not concerned about the possibility that the number of tourists might decrease in the future,” he said. “The Ministry of Tourism continues to work to attract more tourists by creating new tourism products in the main destinations.”
Last year, 6.2 million foreign holidaymakers visited the Kingdom, a 10.7 percent increase year-on-year. Cambodia is expected to attract 7 million foreign tourists a year by 2020, generating $4.3 billion for the industry. About 2 million of those visitors will come from China.