A sharp rise in entrance fees for foreign visitors to Cambodia iconic temple complex of Angkor Wat did not deter travellers to come as proved by record revenues in the first two months of 2017.
Revenue from ticket sales to foreigners visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor archaeological park reached US$20.2 million in the first two months of 2017, up 41 percent from the same period last year.
The ancient site received 538,795 foreign tourists during the January-February period this year, up 9 percent over the same period last year, the state-owned Angkor Enterprise said in a statement Wednesday.
The remarkable rise in the revenue was due to the hike in ticket prices since Feb. 1.
The current price for a one-day ticket is 37 U.S. dollars, up from 20 U.S. dollars, a three-day pass increased to 62 U.S. dollars from 40 U.S. dollars, and a seven-day ticket climbed to 72 U.S. dollars from 60 U.S. dollars.
Located in northwestern Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the Angkor archaeological park, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992, is the kingdom’s top tourist destination. Most visitors to the site are Chinese, South Koreans, and Americans. In 2016, the Siem Reap/Angkor Wat region welcomed 2,205,274 foreign visitors – up by 3.8% (including travellers entering through another gateway than Siem Reap airport).This represents 38.5 of all visitors’ arrivals to the Kingdom.
International arrivals at Siem Reap International Airport reached last year 1.51 million travellers, up by 6.5%.