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
SIEM REAP, 14 March 2017: Apsara authority has announced it will restrict visits to the top of Phnom Bakheng hill, a popular spot for for sunset photography where an ancient temple is located.
A maximum of 300 visitors will be allowed to visit the hill-top temple at any one time.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Apsara’s Tourism Management Agency president, Phoeun Sophoan, saying the limit on visitors will help to protect the ancient temple. Read more
CHAMPASAK, 1 March 2017: Champasak’s Wat Phou World Heritage Office will submit a recently discovered Hindu-era stupa to the provincial governor’s office for approval as a new tourist attraction.
Vientiane Times quoted the office director, Oudomsy Keosaksith, saying the stupa discovered at Nongdinchi temple on Phou Malong mountain in Phonthong district probably pre-dates the Angkor era in neighbouring Cambodia.
“The stupa is older than the Wat Phou World Heritage Site and is also thought to be older than Angkor Wat in Siem Reap,” he claimed. Read more
SIEM REAP, 3 February 2017: Plans to build a new airport in Siem Reap that will be funded and operated by a Chinese company are almost finalised.
Last October, the Cambodian government reached an agreement with China’s state-run Yunnan Investment Holdings Ltd (YIHL) to build a USD880 million airport in Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh Post reported that the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation has assigned a team to provide technical and regulatory oversight for the construction of YIHL’s greenfield airport. Read more
SIEM REAP, 27 January 2017: Cambodia National Tourism Alliance says the new entrance fees at Angkor Historical Park that will be effective 1 February may trigger a drop in visitors.
Khmer Times quoted the agency general secretary, Ho Vandy, saying Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples will see a slowdown in foreign tourists once ticket prices increase.
“We have predicted that the number of foreign tourists visiting Angkor park will decrease because the cost of the entrance pass is too high.” Read more
SIEM REAP, 5 January 2017: Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Angkor Wat archaeological park reached a record USD62.5 million in 2016, representing a solid increase of 4.21% over 2015.
Local media quoted 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 4.63% to 2.19 million last year. The top source markets were China, South Korea and the United States. Read more
SIEM REAP, 18 November 2016: Cambodia has issued a directive to ban drones from flying over the famed Angkor archeological park in Siem Reap.
Apsara Authority, which oversees the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, announced the ban, Wednesday, claiming the ban was in the name of public safety and historic preservation.
It is more likely that the authority has not discovered how to extract revenue from drone owners, who use them to shoot videos of World Heritage park without permits or permission. Read more
SIEM REAP, 12 October 2016: Cambodia will host the 2nd edition of the Ultra Trail Angkor, 21 January, in Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor Wat, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
According to the event co-organiser, Phoenix Voyages, an inbound travel agency with offices in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, the second edition of Ultra Trail Angkor will offer again offer a challenging 128 km race.
“Runners will pass through several temples sites on trails offering impressive landscapes over a vast area of rice fields, jungles and villages,” the co-organiser explained. Read more
SIEM REAP, 5 October 2016: Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, welcomed 1.56 international tourists, January to September, this year, improving 2.57% over the same period, last year.
Khmer Times quoted figures released by the state-owned, Angkor Institution, which handles all ticket sales at the World Heritage site.
The report claimed the country earned USD44 million from ticket sales for the first nine months of this year, up 2.5% compared to the same period, last year. Read more