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.
Effective 1 February, entrance fees to Angkor temples increased. They are: A one-day pass USD37; a three-day pass USD62,;and a seven-day pass USD72.
Of the total ticket price USD2 goes to support a hospital charity to treat Cambodian children.
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Angkor Wat archaeological park reached USD30.85 million during the first quarter, January to March this year, up 51.6% compared with the same period last year.
Of the total revenue, about USD29.9 million went to the national budget, while USD954,210 was donated to the charity, Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals.
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.
Last year, Angkor Enterprise, the state-owned agency in charge of Angkor income management, collected USD62.57 million in income from Angkor entrance ticket sales, a year-on-year increase of 4.21%. The number of foreign visitors rose 4.63% to 2.19 million last year.
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.