PHNOM PENH, 4 January 2018: Ticket sales at the Unesco-listed Angkor Archeological Park in Siem Reap rose by 72.5% in 2017 to reach USD107.9 million.
Reporting on the financial performance at the country’s top tourist attraction, Khmer Times said ticket sales in December alone generated USD12.3 million, up 71.9% with 267,000 foreign nationals visiting the World Heritage site.
Overall in 2017, the park reported an 11.8% growth in foreign visitors. The strong revenue growth was due to a rise in ticket prices last February.
The prices included a USD2 donation to the children’s hospitals in Cambodia of the Kantha Bopha Foundation. During the first 11 months of 2017, USD4.3 million in donations were paid to the charitable organisation.
Commenting on the year’s performance, the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance secretary-general, Ho Vandy, said the price hike probably cut the length of stay in Siem Reap as tourists bought the cheaper one-day ticket rather than explore the historical site over two days.