Angkor registers 20-fold rise in international arrivals

THE kingdom’s famed Angkor Archaeological Park attracted 134,152 foreign tourists in the first nine months of 2022, an increase of 2,075% compared to the same period last year.

The ancient park earned US$5.36mil (RM25mil) in revenue during the January-September period this year, said the state-owned Angkor Enterprise in a statement.

The 401sq km Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province is the most popular tourist destination in the country.

“This heritage site is key to attracting tourists, creating jobs and generating incomes for our people in the tourism sector,” Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Saturday during a visit to the families, who volunteered to leave their illegal structures in the Angkor park to be relocated to a new place.

According to Angkor Enterprise, the entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is US$37 (RM172), a three-day visit costs US$62 (RM288), and a week-long visit costs US$72 (RM334).

In a bid to encourage more foreign visitors to the park, the government announced last month that foreigners who have been living in the kingdom for more than two years could apply for one free admission a year to the Angkor and the Koh Ker Temple. — Xinhua

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