China Continues to Stimulate Cambodia’s Tourism

Sihanoukville pristine beaches

About 653,144 Chinese holidaymakers had visited Cambodia in the first ten months of 2016, up 14 percent over the same period last year, the latest data of Tourism Ministry showed Saturday.

The number of Chinese visitors to Cambodia accounted for 16.7 percent of total foreigners to the kingdom during the January-October period, the data said.

China ranked the second largest source of tourists to the Southeast Asian country after Vietnam, whose 768,660 people traveled to Cambodia during the period, down 2 percent year-on-year.

Speaking during a Cambodia-China business forum last week, Cambodian Prime Minister SHun Sen predicted that the kingdom could receive a total of 800,000 Chinese tourists in the year of 2016, an increase of 14.29 percent year-on-year. And it could top the million Chinese travellers in 2017. China has a market share of 16.7%. It is Cambodia’s second largest inbound travel market behind Vietnam with a share of 19.7% and ahead of Thailand with a share of 7.4%.

China is certain to become the largest travel source market for the Kingdom next year as Vietnam arrivals are stagnating or even slightly declining (-2 per cent from January to October 2016).

The Chinese inbound market into Cambodia is growing 3.5 times quicker than total foreign arrivals to the Kingdom. From January to October 2016, Cambodia recorded 3,922,492 international arrivals, up by 4.4 percent.

Cambodia Prime Minister said, that to date, direct flights between China and Cambodia reached 94 per week, with 51 flights linking Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, 31 flights Siem Reap/Angkor and 12 flights the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk.

Meanwhile, Europe is also showing encouraging numbers. From January to October 2016, European total arrivals are up by 8.1 percent with 597,143 visitors. The UK and France are Europe’s largest source markets with both countries generating respectively a volume of 127,000 and 118,000 arrivals during the first ten months of 2016. Among Cambodia’s fastest growing countries are Germany, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, the Philippines and Sitzerland. All these markets recorded this year growth of over 20 percent compared to the same period of 2015.

(Partial source: Xinhua)