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Tourist visits to Cambodia up, again

The Angkor Archaeological Park sees almost 2 million visitors this year, with the bulk of visitors coming from other Asian countries.

Cambodia’s Angkor heritage site attracts nearly 2 mln foreign tourists in 11 months
Xinhua, 18 December 2013

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple, one of the world heritage sites, had received some 1.98 million international visitors in the first 11 months of 2013, up 8 percent from 1.83 million tourists over the same period last year, a tourism report said Wednesday.

South Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan and Thailand are the largest sources of international arrivals to the 12th century temple, the Siem Reap provincial tourism department’s report showed.

During the January-November period this year, the Angkor Archeological Park greeted 312,130 South Koreans, up 3 percent year-on-year; 244,330 Chinese, up 50 percent; 148,670 Vietnamese, down 26 percent; 133,280 Japanese, up 11 percent and 98,760 Thais, down 6 percent.

“Chinese tourists to the temple have sharply increased this year thanks to Cambodia-China niceties, broader promotion of the Angkor to the world, and more direct flight connection between the two countries,” Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of the Siem Reap provincial tourism department, told Xinhua.

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