Chinese visitors to Cambodia up 37 percent in four months

VNA
Some 887,039 Chinese tourists came to Cambodia in the first four months of 2019, up 37 percent from the same period last year, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a report announced on June 6 by the Cambodian tourist ministry. 

Chinese tourists at a famous tourism site in Cambodia (Source: dulich.tuoitre.vn)

Chinese tourists at a famous tourism site in Cambodia (Source: dulich.tuoitre.vn)

China is still the largest source of foreign tourists to Cambodia, accounting for 36.7 percent of the total foreign arrivals to the kingdom during the January-April period this year, the data said.

Cambodia welcomed a total of 2.41 million foreigners in the reviewed period, up 11 percent on a yearly basis, it said.

Xinhua reported that Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon said at a Cambodia-China culture and tourism event in Phnom Penh on June 5 that China is a huge market for Cambodia's tourism industry.

"We hope to attract about 2.6 million Chinese tourists in 2019, 3 million in 2020, 5 million in 2025 and up to 8 million in 2030," he was quoted as saying by the Chinese news agency.

Last year, the country received 6.2 million foreign tourists including 2 million Chinese, earning gross revenue of 4.35 billion U.S. dollars, Thong Khon said, adding that tourism contributed 12.7 percent to the country's GDP (gross domestic product) last year.

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