PHNOM PENH, 27 April 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 12.1% during January to February this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Wednesday, the latest data showed the country welcomed 1,025,522 international travellers compared to 914,554 during the same period last year.
Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 245,016 up 9.2% for the first two months of the year, compared with 224,411 trips during the same period in 2016. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 26 April 2017: Cambodia National Tourism Alliance says an improvement of Cambodia’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index will help to encourage the kingdom’s tourism sector.
According to WEF’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, Cambodia was ranked 101 of 136 countries in the report. But thanks to performance improvements that drove an overall score increase from 3.2 points in 2015 to 3.3 points this year. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 24 April 2017: Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, says the festival known as Angkor Sangkranta should be organised across the country, next year, besides the current venue in Siem Reap.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted the PM Hun Sen saying the festival should be held in all provinces and the capital city to add value to the traditional New Year celebrations and raise awareness of the country’s culture through special events.
The event has been included in the Visit ASEAN@50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and to embrace ASEAN as a single tourist destination. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 19 April 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has prepared a master plan for tourism development across all provinces to attract investment and create more products for tourists.
Khmer Times reported that Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, set out the plan during the first quarter meeting at the ministry earlier this month.
According to the plan, tourism officials at all levels are urged to continue establishing new products and push resorts to keep their surroundings clean. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2017: Cambodia will summit a request to UNESCO to consider Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot as candidates for the prestigious World Heritage list by mid-June this year.
Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts confirmed submissions are being finalised that will be presented mid year to UNESCO.
The submissions will be presented when Cambodia hosts the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities in Siem Reap, 10 to 15 June. Read more
SIEM REAP, 12 April 2017: Two Cambodian ministries approved measures, last week, that will allow tourists to pay by credit card and obtain entrance tickets to Angkor Wat online.
Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that approval was granted during a Board Meeting of Angkor Enterprise chaired by Aun Porn Moniroth, senior minister and Minister of Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Tourism.
The two ministries agreed to allow Angkor Enterprise to develop and manage ticket sales to foreign tourists online with secure credit card payments. Read more
SIEM REAP, 11 April 2017: Ticket sales revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat archaeological park reached USD30.85 million during January to March, this year, up 51.6% compared with the same period last year.
Khmer Times quoted figures released by the state-owned, Angkor Institution, which is in charge of ticket sales at the World Heritage site.
The report also claimed the number of foreign visitors to the World Heritage site rose 8.95% to 764,146 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to the same period last year. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 5 April 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism aims to establish a marketing and advertising council, this month, to build tourism competitiveness and extend awareness.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the ministry would establish a so-called marketing and advertisement council to leverage the country’s potential to promote its tourism industry more effectively.
“The council will play a crucial role to engage with the private sector in marketing and advertising to gain more exposure for Cambodia’s tourism,” he said. Read more
SIHANOUKVILLE, 30 March 2017: Sihanoukville’s provincial tourism department reports nearly 2.4 million local and international tourists travelled to the seaside destination last year generating an estimated USD96 million in revenue.
Phnom Penh Post quoted the department’s marketing and promotions deputy director, May Nimol, saying arrivals to the coastal province grew by 37% last year compared to 2015.
The growth was driven by a sharp increase in domestic tourists, with visits from other Cambodian provinces surging 45% last year to reach 1,974,631. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 28 March 2017: Cambodia’s first Civil Aviation Training Centre was officially inaugurated, last week, as it prepares to receive its first batch of 274 trainees.
Khmer Times quoted the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation’s secretary of state, Mao Havannall, saying the centre, funded by South Korea, will train personnel for the aviation sector and transfer knowledge and experience to aviation officials.
The centre specifically provides advanced job training programmes in 14 courses. Read more