Aug 17, 2015

Angkor failed to attract European tourists

APSARA (which stands for Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap) has just reported that over one million foreign visitors had come to Angkor Watt. This represents a rise of 2% compared to the same period in the previous year.
The total revenue gained from selling Angkor tickers reached 34 million USD after the first seven months of this year.

Mr. Long Kosal, the spokesman of Aspara Authority believes that the fear for the outbreak of MERS is to be to blame for the fall in the number of European visitors.

However, it seems that the economic depression in Europe is much more related to the decrease. Cambodia is not the only country that has been affected by the crisis. The other ASEAN countries have also recorded the decreases in the number of European visitors.

In contrary to the fall in the number of European tourists, tourists from Asian countries seem to be in favor of Angkor. They don’t have to pay too much for the park tickets and stay in Siem Reap for only one night. This shows a huge difference between European tourists and the Asian ones. The European visitors are always eager to learn more about the Cambodia’s history and culture and they spend a whole day exploring just one temple.

Apasra did not mention how much of 34 million USD goes to the areas which are lack of elementary infrastructure and clean water.

The Angkor Archeological Park is an attractive tourist sites, which is even more famous than the ecotourism destinations and the coastal regions.


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