Tuesday, June 1, 2010

International Tourists In Cambodia to Increase in 2010

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and also Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, said that despite the world and global economic crisis, the national and international tourism has been increasing in Cambodia in 2009 and 2010.

“Under the right leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia now has a full peace, political stability, security, public order and development of all sectors

The Minister stated that although there was economic crisis in the world and region, Cambodia’s tourism sector especially the natural and cultural tourism has been attracting foreign tourists in the region.

In 2009, Cambodia has received over two millions foreign tourists and increased by 1.7 percent compared in 2008 while the world’s tourism declined by about 4 percent and ASEAN’s tourism increased only 0.19 percent, he said, adding that the tourists to Cambodia have increased by 10.55 percent to 884,657 in the first four months of this year compared to 800,243 at the same period last year.

“With the increasing of foreign tourist trend, it is expected that Cambodia will receive about 2.4 million foreign tourists and keep increasing by about 10 percent in 2010,” he said.

The Minister emphasized that for local tourists, Cambodia received about 7 million people and increased 4 percent compared with the same period last year and generated about 20 percent of employment for Cambodian garment’s workers who were unemployed due to economic crisis.

He added that to promote both national and international tourist in Cambodian, under the cleaver guidelines of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the government will implement seven strategic plans, as follow: encourage the promotion campaign: Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder; Facilitate tourists’ travels and transportations and reduce the unnecessary barriers of tourism; Reduce the dynamic package tours price; increase new tourism products; strengthen the quality of tourism products; encourage the movement of local tourism; and prevent tourist security and safety.

According to a report of the Ministry of Tourism in May 2010, Vietnam and South Korea are listed number one and number two of foreign tourist arrivals in January-April period of this year, increased by 38.39 percent to 138,945 and 31.81 percent to 106,347 respectively, compared with corresponding period of 2009.

Chinese tourists to Cambodia increased by 30.25 percent to 63,396 in the four-month period, ranking the third among the top ten market arrivals, compared to the same period of last year that had only 48,672.

For the month of April alone, Chinese tourists to Cambodia rose by 41.66 percent to 14,455 from 10,204 in April last year, while tourists from Vietnam and South Korea increased by 65.05 percent to 46,340 and 33.09 percent to 22,285 respectively in the month.

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