Peak tourism? Angkor visitors plateau in 2015

Visitors to Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160106

The Angkor Archaeological Park brought in about US$60 million last year, but the number of visitors only grew slightly from the previous year.

Visitors to Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160106
Visitors to Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160106

Angkor visitor numbers flat in 2015
Phnom Penh Post, 06 January 2016

Cambodia’s famed Angkor earns 60 mln USD from foreign visitors in 2015
Xinhuam 06 January 2016

The number of foreign tourists visiting Cambodia’s most popular landmark, the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, grew only slightly to 2.1 million last year, bringing in $60 million in ticket sales, according to the Apsara Authority.

Visitor statistics show that while the month of June saw the largest increase in tourists compared to 2014, the peak season months of December, January and February reported decreases in visitor arrivals.

Apsara Authority spokeswoman Chao Sun Kerya attributed this to people not travelling as much during Christmas time, as well as the terror attacks in Paris in November.

“In December, January and February, visitors were low maybe because it was the holiday season and people preferred to stay at home,” she said.

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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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