PHNOM PENH, Oct 31 (Bernama) -- Cambodia attracted some 2.57 million international visitors in the first nine months of this year, a 24 percent rise compared with the same period last year, China's Xinhua news agency said citing a report of the Ministry of Tourism revealed on Wednesday.
The report said that during the January-September period this
year, about 1.48 million foreign visitors had visited the world
heritage Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province, up 27 percent
compared with the same period last year, whilst the world heritage
Preah Vihear temple attracted 13,140 foreigners, up 77 percent.
Vietnam still topped the chart among the top 10 arrivals to
Cambodia with 579,890 tourists, up 25 percent, followed by South Korea
with 306,550, up 24 percent, and Chinese visitors at third with
234,440, up 32 percent.
Laos and Thai visitors to the country stood at fourth and fifth
respectively. During the period, some 177,140 Laotians and 137,430
Thais had visited Cambodia, up 90 percent and 70 percent, respectively.
It said that roughly 47 percent of the visitors arrived in the country by air, 50 percent by land and the rest by water ways.
The report also predicted that the country could receive 3.3 million foreign tourists in the whole year of 2012.
Tourism is one of the major four pillars supporting the economy.
Last year, the sector attracted 2.88 million foreign tourists,
generating the total revenue of US$1.91 billion.
Meanwhile, the report said that during the first nine months of
this year, some 585,800 Cambodians had visited abroad, up 15 percent
compared with the same period last year.