Cambodia sees 99% drop in international tourists arrivals in April due to Covid-19

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): Cambodia received only 4,841 foreign tourists in April 2020, down 99 percent from 537,656 in the same month last year, according to the latest report released by the Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday (June 16).

The report said some 3,031 Chinese, 1,157 Thais and 174 South Koreans visited the kingdom in April this year, down 98 per cent, 96 per cent and 99 per cent respectively over the same month last year.

It added that during the first four months (January-April) of this year, the South-East Asian country greeted 1.16 million international visitors, down 52 per cent from 2.41 million over the same period last year.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said early this month that Cambodia could lose about 3 billion U.S. dollars in tourism revenue in 2020 due to the remarkable drop in international tourist arrivals as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"For 2020, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia can drop by 70 per cent," he said.

By the end of May, Khon said about 2,956 tourism-related establishments such as hotels, guest houses, restaurants, massage parlours, karaoke clubs, nightclubs and tour and travel companies had been either suspended or closed, affecting 45,405 workers.

Tourism is one of the four sectors supporting Cambodia's economy as the country attracted 6.6 million international visitors in 2019, earning a total revenue of US$4.9 billion.

Cambodia has so far reported a total of 128 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 125 patients cured and three remained hospitalised, according to the Ministry of Health. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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