Cambodia Sees 1.5 Million Tourists from January to October

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Cambodia has reported receiving more than 1.5 million international visitors in the first ten months of this year, according to a Ministry of Tourism report released on Wednesday.

The report shows that international visitor numbers reached 1,575,954 from January to October, with the ministry confirming this is an increase of 991.1 percent compared to the same period last year.

Khmer Times quoted Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak as saying, “the number of foreign tourists visiting Cambodia has increased significantly. Of the 1.57 million plus tourists, air travel accounted for more than 35 percent, land, and waterways the rest.”

Visitors from Thailand accounted for the largest number of international tourist arrivals in the post-pandemic period.

“The Thai tourism market ranks first with 590,000 tourists, accounting for 37.5 percent of the foreign arrivals, followed by Vietnam, China, the United States, Laos, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, France, and the United Kingdom,” he said.

Cambodia expects to receive some 2.2 million foreign tourists in 2023, according to Sopheak.

With a dedicated ministry, tourism is an important sector for the Southeast Asian kingdom, making up nearly 20 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2019.