Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns nearly 79 mln USD in 8 months

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via Xinhua News, 01 September 2018: Latest figures from Angkor Enterprise (the state authority behind the ticketing at Angkor) reports an 8.5% rise in tourists this year compared to last year.

Photo by Colin Remas Brown

Photo by Colin Remas Brown

Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archaeological Park reached 78.7 million U.S. dollars in the first eight months of 2018, up 13.8 percent over the same period of last year, said a press release on Saturday.

The park welcomed 1.74 million international tourists during the January-August period this year, up 8.5 percent over the same period of last year, said the release from the state-run Angkor Enterprise, which is in charge of ticket sales at the park.

Source: Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns nearly 79 mln USD in 8 months – Xinhua | English.news.cn

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Angkor ticket sales will go online

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TTR Weekly, 12 April 2017

Two Cambodian ministries approved measures, last week, that will allow tourists to pay by credit card and obtain entrance tickets to Angkor Wat online.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that approval was granted during a Board Meeting of Angkor Enterprise chaired by Aun Porn Moniroth, senior minister and Minister of Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Tourism.

The two ministries agreed to allow Angkor Enterprise to develop and manage ticket sales to foreign tourists online with secure credit card payments.

Source: Angkor ticket sales will go online : TTR Weekly

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Angkor ticketing to be revamped

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Ticketing booth at Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151107

Cambodia announces that ticketing to Angkor, which is managed by a private company, will be revamped once the contract expires at the end of the year and replaced by a newly-established public institution.

Ticketing booth at Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151107

Ticketing booth at Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20151107

Gov’t takes Angkor ticketing back from powerful Sokimex
Phnom Penh Post, 07 November 2015

Government to Take Control of Ticketing at Angkor Wat
Cambodia Daily, 07 November 2015

Angkor ticket sales revamped
Bangkok Post, 06 November 2015

Cambodia ends privatization of Angkor Wat Temple: PM
Xihua, via Shanghai Daily, 06 November 2015

Sokimex Says Contract Termination Is Government Decision
Cambodia Daily, 09 November 2015

The government will next year take full control of ticketing at the Angkor Wat Archeological Park, 17 years after the contract was outsourced to the politically connected Sokimex group, an arrangement long plagued by accusations of irregularities.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the end of the conglomerate’s tenure at the world heritage site at a cabinet meeting yesterday morning, revealing an inter-ministerial body would replace the company, owned by tycoon Sok Kong.

Denying that alleged corruption was a factor in the decision, government spokesman Phay Siphan said, because the company’s latest five-year contract finished next year, it was simply time for the government to take over and boost state revenue collected from the park.

“When the business started, the government needed a partner. At that time the government had no ability to invest in that sector, so we looked to the private sector,” Siphan said.

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Apsara Authority refutes claims about Angkor park ticketing

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A couple more stories related to the license to issue tickets at Angkor. The Apsara Authority has refuted claims that the monuments have been rented out to an extra-national company.

Apsara Authority Rejects Claim Angkor Wat ‘Rented Out’
Cambodia Daily, 27 November 2014

Eyes on Aspara’s pot of gold [Link no longer active]
TTR Weekly, 27 November 2014
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