Revenue from ticket sales at the Angkor Archaeological Park reached $84 million during the first 10 months of the year, an increase of 71.54 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the latest report from Angkor Enterprise.
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“The revenue has sharply increased during the first 10 months of 2017, with the number of foreign tourists reaching 1.9 million, up 12.25 percent compared to the same period last year,” the report reads.
In October alone, revenue from ticket sales to foreign tourists amounted to $8.51 million, an increase of 81.78 percent compared with the same month in 2016.
Ho Vandy, the secretary-general of the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, said the positive results owe much to governmental efforts to promote the iconic archeological park.
“This shows that the government’s strategy is successful in attracting tourists. Even increasing the price of tickets has proven to be a wise decision,” Mr Vandy said.
“The rising revenue is helping increase the budget allocated to the protection of the Angkor historical site,” he added.
Last year, the price of a one-day ticket to the park was bumped up, from $20 to $37, while the price of the three-day pass was set at $60 – up from $40. The week-long pass went from $60 to $72.
A $2 donation is included in every ticket sale and is used to provide treatment for Cambodian children in need of medical attention. During the first nine months of the year, $3.3 million were raised for Kantha Bopha Hospital.