Big boost in Angkor revenue

June 22, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 22 June 2017: Ticket sales revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat’s archaeological park reached USD45,913,000 during January to May, this year, up 64.13% when compared with the same period last year.

Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted figures released by Angkor Enterprise, the state-owned institution in charge of Angkor income management.

The report also claimed foreign visits to the World Heritage site rose 12.30% to 1,092,377 in the first five months of this year, compared to the same period last year. Read more

TTM: Cambodia promotes its first travel mart

June 16, 2017 by  
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CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2017: Cambodia will inaugurate a national travel show, Cambodia Travel Mart, this November to be hosted in Siem Reap.

The Cambodian delegation was busy promoting the event at its TTM booth, this week, in the hope it can convince international buyers to sign up for the new show.

Scheduled 17 to 19 November in Siem Reap’s Sokka’s convention centre, event organiser Slickbooth CEO, Om Pharin, said the target was to sign up 150 international buyers, 20 international media and sell booth space to 200 Cambodian travel firms and hotels. Read more

UNESCO team checks Battambang

June 15, 2017 by  
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BATTAMBANG, 15 June 2017: A UNESCO delegation conducted study of Battambang, Monday, after the government flagged its intention to apply for World Heritage status for the provincial town.

Cambodia has indicated it will file documents to support the listing of three destinations in the country; Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot.

Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying Battambang was the first of the three towns to be visited by UNESCO officials. Read more

Angkor to clear illegal buildings

June 14, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 14 June 2017: Apsara Authority will join hand with local authorities to clear unauthorised construction sites located within the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Phnom Penh Post reported Apsara Authority, which oversees the Angkor Wat temple complex, has warned owners of over 500 unauthorised construction sites to halt activities and dismantle any structures, or police will clear the sites later this week.

Officials identified 523 illegal construction activities within the Angkor Archaeological Park, including some sites as close as 50 metres from the ancient temples. Read more

JC signs technical support

June 1, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 1 June 2017: AJW Group, an aircraft maintenance firm headquartered in the United Kingdom, has recently signed a multimillion-dollar five-year deal to support JC International Airlines’ fleet of Airbus aircraft.

According to the group’s statement, AJW has won a power-by-the-hour (PBH) component support contract with JC (Cambodia) International Airlines for its new A320 fleet.

The multi-million dollar five-year deal, with the option of a five year extension, includes component support and the leasing of the Main Base Kit, for the airline’s fleet of 20 new A320s. Read more

Angkor’s trustees open floating bridge

May 30, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 30 May 2017: A 200-metre temporary floating pontoon bridge has been opened to allow tourists to enter Angkor Wat, while the original bridge undergoes restoration.

The temporary structure can  support nearly 6,400 people with a total weight of more than 400 tons at one time.

The floating bridge is made from plastic air bags and floats on a moat just south of Spean Harl, the original bridge, which is expected to be ready for reopening within three years. Read more

Angkor tops world tourist landmarks

May 24, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 24 May 2017: TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awards for Landmarks, Tuesday naming Angkor Wat, Cambodia, as the world top choice.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks, worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. The awards recognise 706 landmarks in 82 countries.

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, led the top 10 Best Landmarks in the World ranking, the first time the World Heritage site has been recognised as the world top landmark by TripAdvisor reviewers. Read more

Segway tours in a temple

May 24, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 24 May 2017: Phnom Penh’s City Hall plans to introduce Segway a two-wheel scooter for tourists to rent to make it easier for them to explore Wat Phnom the city’s top heritage attraction.

Phnom Penh Post reported that 10 Segways would be available for hire only at Wat Phnom.

Phnom Penh municipality spokesman, Met Measpheakdey, was quoted saying initially the stand-on scooters, were provided by a Chinese aid programme for security officers to patrol the complex. Now more Segways will be imported to be rented out to tourists. Read more

Cambodia to launch mart

May 23, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 23 May 2017: The inaugural Cambodia Travel Mart 2017 will be held in Siem Reap through a joint venture with Singapore-based TTG Asia Media& Events.

Dates have been set for 17 to 19 November at Sokha Siem Reap Resort and Convention Centre, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The travel trade mart calendar is overcrowded in ASEAN with organisers finding it increasingly difficult to find a free week to host an event. Read more

Cambodia’s tourism improves

May 22, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 22 May 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 11.9% during January to March this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.

Released by the Ministry of Tourism, last week, the latest data showed the country welcomed 1,502,896 international travellers compared to 1,342,477 during the same period last year.

Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 368,345 up 12.2% for the first three months of the year from 328,347 trips during the same period in 2016. Read more

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