Cambodia's famed Angkor park reports 98.4% drop in foreign tourists in nine months as Covid-19 cases keep on rising

  • Cambodia
  • Saturday, 02 Oct 2021

The Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Archeological Park was used for educational purposes during the Angkor era. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Oct 1 (Xinhua): Cambodia's famed Angkor Archeological Park received 6,167 foreign visitors during the first nine months of 2021, down 98.4 per cent from 396,241 over the same period last year, the state's Angkor Enterprise has announced in a press statement.

The ancient site made gross revenue of US$253,809 from ticket sales during the Jan.-Sept. period this year, also down 98.6 per cent from US$18.45 million year-on-year, the release said.

In September alone, the park welcomed 228 foreigners earning 9,281 dollars from ticket sales, down 92 per cent and 92.5 per cent, respectively compared to the same month last year, it said.

The incredible dip and drop was due to the Covid-19 pandemic that had forced the Southeast Asian nation to suspend tourist visas to all foreign citizens since March last year.

"We hope that Cambodia will be able to reopen its door to fully vaccinated foreign tourists by the end of this year after the country has achieved herd immunity," Ministry of Tourism secretary of state and spokesman Top Sopheak told Xinhua.

Located in northwest Siem Reap province, the 401-sq-km Angkor Archeological Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1992, is the country's most popular tourist destination.

Prior to Covid-19, the site attracted up to 2.2 million international tourists in 2019, generating a gross revenue of 99 million dollars from ticket sales, according to a government figure.

The Ministry of Health on Saturday (Oct 2) reported 174 new Covid-19 cases, 21 of which were imported.

The ministry also reported 24 new deaths and 535 recoveries.

As of October 2, Cambodia had recorded a total of 113,057 Covid-19 cases with 103,918 recoveries and 2,360 fatalities. - Xinhua

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