Angkor preparing for over 200,000 visitors in the new year

Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140407

The Khmer/Thai/Laotian/Burmese New Year starts on Sunday, and Angkor Wat is expecting over 200,000 visitors over the weekend.

Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140407
Source: Phnom Penh Post 20140407

Angkor ready for surge of tourists
Phnom Penh Post, 07 April 2014

Siem Reap hotel operators are preparing for a deluge of tourists this Khmer New Year season the likes of which is not often seen, tourism officials say.

Chheuy Chhorn, deputy director of Siem Reap’s tourism department, said after attracting 170,000 visitors to the first annual Angkor Sangkran celebration last year, hotel and business owners are expecting more than 200,000 tourists to attend this year’s event.

Bouth Vannda, director of sales and marketing at the Angkor Hotel and Angkor Paradise Hotel, said all 193 rooms at the Angkor Hotel had been booked out.

While the 169-room, moderately priced Angkor Paradise Hotel still had vacancies, Vannda said she expects every room to be filled by Khmer New Year, which kicks off on April 13.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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