Multiple news reports write that tourist revenue for the Angkor temples is up significantly, due in no small part to the revised ticket pricing put into effect earlier this year.
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s Angkor archeological park rose to 45.9 million U.S. dollars in the first five months of 2017, up 64 percent compared to the same period last year, according to an official report released on Thursday.
The ancient park welcomed 1.09 million international tourists during the January-May period this year, up 12 percent over the same period last year, said the report of the state-owned Angkor Enterprise.
Source: Ticket revenue in Cambodia’s Angkor park up in 5 months – Xinhua | English.news.cn
See also: Angkor Wat tickets bag $60m (Khmer Times, 02 June 2017)
TTR Weekley, 05 May 2017: Revenues jump due largely to hike in admission fee, but numbers of tourists visiting Angkor are also up.
Source: Angkor ticket revenue soars : TTR Weekly
Ticket sales revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat’s archaeological park reached USD39.25 million during January to April, this year, up 60.21% compared with the same period last year.
The surge in revenue was attributed mainly to a 1 February increase in entrance fees, although the head count at the gate has also increases substantially.
TTR Weekly, 11 April 2017: Revenue has risen, as expected, but also, the number of visitors has risen as well.
Ticket sales revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat archaeological park reached USD30.85 million during January to March, this year, up 51.6% compared with the same period last year.
Khmer Times quoted figures released by the state-owned, Angkor Institution, which is in charge of ticket sales at the World Heritage site.
The report also claimed the number of foreign visitors to the World Heritage site rose 8.95% to 764,146 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year.
Source: Angkor fees boost national coffers : TTR Weekly
I suspect this story is more about local politics than archaeology: the Angkor Archaeological park generates millions of dollars in ticket sales revenue for Cambodia, but local lawmakers are disputing the figures.
CNRP Lawmaker Says Angkor Wat Sales Figures Being Fudged
Cambodia Daily, 23 December 2014
Angkor revenue short: Chhay
Phnom Penh Post, 23 December 2014
Cambodian officials have denied that holes were drilled into the walls of Angkor Wat for the installation of light fixtures, which will allow visitors into Angkor until 8.30 at night. The lights are also said to be solar powered, rather than tapping onto the existing electricity grid. Can any recent visitors to Angkor confirm this? It’d be interesting to see how the light setup looks like, and how the atmosphere of the ancient temples change at night. This recent push to extend Angkor’s opening hours comes at a time when visitor revenues have dropped 20% in the first quarter of the year. The Apsara Authority blames the political instability in Thailand for the drop in revenue, but I also suspect that it’s the global downturn that’s having a significant role in the depressed tourism numbers.
photo credit: mckaysavage
New lighting for night visits at Angkor Wat ‘will not damage’ site
Earth Times, 3 June 2009
Angkor Wat revenues down 20pc in Q1
Phnom Penh Post, 2 June 2009