The Cambodian government has formally taken over the ticket sales of Angkor, which had previously been in the hands of a private company, in a bid to increase transparency over how the revenues from the park is managed.
Government takes over reins of Angkor ticket sales
Phnom Penh Post, 05 January 2016
The Cambodian government officially took charge of the ticket sales at the Angkor Archeological Park on January 1, after Prime Minster Hun Sen announced in November an end to the Sok Kong-owned Sokimex’s control of the service.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon told the Post that a new inter-ministerial body, controlled by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) and Tourism Ministry, was already in place to take over ticketing services, adding that a sub-decree to formally announce the change was expected shortly.
“Ministry of Economy and Finance has taken the job [of ticket sales] from Sokimex and the process is already under way,” he said “This new commission will supervise, control and check ticket sales.”
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Cambodian government officials have said that the de-privatisation of the ticket sales to Angkor will not affect the price of tickets, and the money will more directly benefit the local economy.
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Ticket sales will benefit Angkor
TTR Weekly, 16 November 2015
Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Economy and Finance says returning Angkor Wat ticket collection to the government will benefit the local economy.
Khmer Times quoted economy and finance minister, Aun Porn Moniroth, saying the ministry would work with the Ministry of Tourism to establish a public administration institution to manage revenue generated by ticket sales at Angkor temples.
“We will create a public institution under the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Economy and Finance to manage income from Angkor Wat…we are now working on the procedures and a law to create this institution.”
He added: The income will go to the government to cover expense needed to maintain Angkor Wat and the rest will be used for national projects. We will ensure that revenue management is transparent.”
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Allegations of accounting irregularities still persist, and the APSARA Authority will be called to answer questions at the National Assembly of Cambodia next month.
Apsara summoned to account for ticket sales
Phnom Penh Post, 03 February 2015
The Apsara Authority will be summoned to the National Assembly next month to defend its stance in an embittered spat over revenue collected from ticket sales at Angkor Archaeological Park, according to opposition party lawmakers.
Apsara, which manages the historical site of Angkorian temples, will be asked to answer for alleged irregularities and an underreporting of ticket sales, said Ho Vann, chairman of the assembly’s Anti-Corruption Commission.
Van added that if the authority overseeing Cambodia’s largest tourist draw will not come to the capital to account for its for-profit revenue-sharing deal with Sokimex, then he will lead the 10-member commission to Siem Reap.
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The Angkor Archaeological Park receives more than a million tourists a year collecting millions in ticket sales, but where the money goes is murky – this was raised at the Cambodian parliament last week.
Parliament questions Angkor revenue
Phnom Penh Post, 20 November 2014
CNRP Wants Angkor Wat Ticketing Under Tourism Ministry
Cambodia Daily, 20 November 2014