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Some 521,950 foreign tourists visit Angkor Park in the first semester

The famed Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia’s most attractive tourism landscape, received 521,950 foreign tourists in the first semester of 2024, a year-on-year increase of 35 percent.

The figures, shared by the Angkor Enterprise, revealed a substantial increase in revenue from the entrance pass sales, which rose by 36 percent to a significant $24.35 million.

The source pointed out that in June alone, the enterprise earned a total income of $2.15 million, up 18 percent from June 2023. 49,692 registered foreign tourists, a 20 percent year-on-year rise, the enterprise’s source said.

The entrance fee for a one-day visit to the park is $37, a three-day visit costs $62, and a week-long visit is $72.

Situated in Siem Reap northwest province, the 401-square-km Angkor Archaeological Park, a testament to the Khmer Empire’s rich history, is home to 91 ancient temples, which had been built from the 9th to the 13th centuries.

The park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1992, is the most popular tourist destination in the Kingdom.

According to the same report, Koh Ker – the Khmer Empire’s sole capital from 928 to 944 CE and listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in September 2023, welcomed 10,828 foreign visitors during the first half of this year, generating $162,420 as income from entrance pass sales.

The Royal Government has formed the Cambodia Tourism Marketing and Promotion Board, composed of representatives from the public and private sectors, to promote Cambodia’s tourism to the international markets.

In 2023, more than 790,000 foreign tourists bought entrance passes to visit Angkor, generating $37 million as income, an increase of 222 percent compared to a year before.AKP

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