Big boost in Angkor revenue

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.

Most tourists visiting the historical park are Chinese, South Koreans and Americans.

In May alone, ticket sales for foreign tourists generated USD6,661,000, up 91.75% from the same month last year.

The remarkable increase in the revenue was due to the hike in ticket prices since February.

The entrance fees to the site are now USD37 for a one-day visit, USD62 for a three-day pass and USD72 for a seven-day pass.

Last year, Angkor’s entrance ticket sales generated USD62.5 million representing 2,197,254 foreign tourist visits.

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.

Angkor Historical 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.