SIEM REAP, 24 July 2017: Apsara Authority in a joint effort with a Japanese Volunteer Medical Team launched a one-day First Aid Training session, last week, for 40 tourist officers of the Department of Angkor Tourism Development.
According to the authority, the training introduced officers to the basics and also how to respond if a visitor to the historical park suffered a heart attack.
“First Aid training is very useful for those working closely with tourists, the authority said.
The Japanese medical trainers, from the Love Organisation, led the training course. As second course will be held in February 2018, the Khmer Times reported.
The authority spokeswoman, Chau Sun Kirya, was quoted saying: “The Apsara Authority asked them help train officials on how to rescue tourists when they were in need and facing a medical emergency.”
The 19 July’s course was the third training course so far for staff working at Angkor Park in Siem Reap province, the report added.
Ticket sale revenue earned from foreigners visiting Angkor Wat’s archaeological park reached USD52.16 during January to June, this year, up 66.82% when compared with the same period last year.
Foreign visits to the World Heritage site rose 12.92% to 1,233,137 visits during the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year.
In June alone, 140,760 overseas tourists visited the Angkor historical park, up 17.99%, and generating revenue from ticket sales of over USD6.25 million, up 89.65% over the same period a year earlier.
Most tourists to the park were Chinese, South Koreans and Americans.
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.
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.
Last year, Angkor entrance ticket sales generated USD62.5 million representing 2,197,254 foreign tourist visits.