Angkor revenues up 20 percent

The Apsara Authority reports a rise in tourist revenues for entry into the Angkor Archaeological Park year-on-year to the end of October.

Angkor Wat
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Angkor Wat revenues rise more than 20%
Xinhua, 09 November 2010

Angkor Wat ticket sales revenue rose more than 20 percent so far this year to the end of October, compared with the same period last year, local media reported on Tuesday, citing the Apsara Authority.

The Phnom Penh Post quoted Director General Bun Narith as saying that political stability, good security and economic recovery had led to an increase in tourists visiting the temples, but he did not give exact revenue figures.

The figures he offered before showed that the 2009 revenue from ticket sales dropped to around 27 million U.S. dollars from nearly 30 million U.S. dollars in 2008.

Bun Narith said most tourists visiting Angkor Wat this year were from the region such as Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea, but the number of tourists from Western countries was growing slowly.

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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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