Cambodia continues to experience a surge in total foreign tourist arrivals. From January to August, arrivals were up by 5.4% compared to the same period of 2014, representing over three million tourists.
Tourism continues to be driven by two main Asian inbound sources: China and Vietnam. Chinese arrivals are up by 26% since the beginning of the year while Vietnam arrivals surge by 11.5%. Both are Cambodia’s largest source markets.Thailand travellers are also on the rise, up by 20% since the beginning of the year.
Asian dynamic evolution contrasts with European markets, down by 3% since January. Japanese arrivals also down by 15%.
“The increase of Chinese arrivals to Cambodia is due to the rise of investment opportunities in the country,” said Kong Sopheareak, director of statistics at the Tourism Ministry to the newspaper Phnom Penh Post. The government expects to welcome five million foreign travellers until the end of the year.