August 22, 2011

Cambodia's Angkor Wat attracts 907,463 foreigners in first 7 months


PHNOM PENH, Aug 21, 2011 -- Cambodia's Angkor Wat temples, one of the World Heritage sites, has seen 23 percent growth in foreign tourist arrivals in the first seven months of this year, compared to the same period a year ago, according to the statistics from the Siem Reap provincial tourism department on Sunday.

From January to July this year, 907,463 foreign tourists had visited the Angkor Wat temples, up 23 percent from 736,371 visitors at the same period last year.

Main sources of foreign tourists to the temples are from Vietnam, South Korea and China, said Ngov Sengkak, chief of the Siem Reap provincial tourism department, adding that 5,000 foreign tourists visit the temples each day on average.

The Angkor archeological park is the country's largest cultural tourism destination; it is located in Northwest of Cambodia, some 315 kilometers away from Phnom Penh. The entrance fees to visit the Angkor archeological site is 20 U. S. dollars a day for a foreign visitor, 40 U.S. dollars for a three-day visit and 60 U.S. dollars for a weeklong visit.

The tourism industry is one of the main four pillars supporting the Cambodian economy. In 2010, the sector received 2.5 million foreign tourists generating a total revenue of 1.75 billion U.S. dollars.

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