Angkor fees boost national coffers

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.

According to the report, USD30.85 million was earned directly from entrance fees paid by foreign tourists, of which, USD29.9 million was paid into the national budget and USD954,210 donated to Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals, a well-known charity organisation in Cambodia.

The new entrance fees took effect 1 February. They are: A one-day pass USD37, three-day pass USD62, and seven-day pass USD72.

Siem Reap Provincial Tourism director, Ngov Seng Kak, was quoted saying that the increase in fees had no impact on visitor figures.

The Angkor Archeological Park is the top tourist attraction in Cambodia, considerably ahead of the coastal resorts in and around Sihanoukville and ecotourism sites in the northeast part of the country.

The park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992 and is now the country’s largest cultural tourist destination. It is located in Siem Reap province, some 315 km northwest of capital Phnom Penh.