PHNOM PENH, 19 March 2015: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered an increase of 4.2% in January, this year, according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department.
The country attracted 460,577 visits compared to 442,045 during the same month last year.
Released officially by the Ministry of Tourism, Monday, data showed Vietnam led with 76,707 visits increasing 50.4% from 51,013 during the same month in 2014.
The top five supply markets were: South Korea (73,059; -5.3%); China (53,165; +3.8%); Laos (34,458; +1.8%); and the United States (24,465; +8.5%).
In January, 57.0% (262,356) of all international visitors arrived by air. Siem Reap Airport received the major share, 36.6% (168,539). Phnom Penh Airport received a market share of 20.4% (93,817).
Overland travel accounts for 40.3% (185,550) trips through checkpoints with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, while sea travel is a small at 2.8% (12,671).
In addition, the data showed tourist arrivals to Siem Reap province, home of Angkor Wat, posted a share of 49.6% attracting 267,015 visits, while Phnom Penh and other destinations accounted for 36.0%, welcoming 193,562 visits. Coastal areas also shared 13.2% with 71,072 visits, while ecotourism areas accounted for 1.2% or 6,483 visits.
By region, Asia Pacific accounted for 72.9% market share and posted an increase of 9.0% supplying 335,849 visits.
Africa recorded an increase of 23.6% with 780 visits following by Americas (+8.6%; 36,706), Middle East (+1.9%; 1,776), Oceania (-4.3%; 18,524), and Europe (-12.5%; 85,466).
Outbound trips by Cambodians, in January, reached 82,107 up 19.7% from 68,618 during the same month last year.
Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, said tourism has contributed to sustaining economic growth, creating jobs and reducing poverty.
This year, the country targets 5 million international visitors, a rise of 11% from 4.5 million last year.