CAMBODIA RECEIVES 1.79 MILLION FOREIGN TOURISTS IN FIRST FIVE MONTHS

12 Jul 2013 11:19
PHNOM PENH, July 9 (Bernama) -- Cambodia attracted 1.79 million foreign visitors in the first five months of the year, up 19 percent over the previous year. From January to May, Vietnam remains the main source of visitors with 341,000 tourists, up 11 percent year-on-year, followed by South Korea with 215,200 visitors (up 5 percent) and China with 202,400 (up 53 percent), Xinhua news agency quoted the Tourism Ministry as saying. Laos and Thailand ranked 4th and 5th place respectively, with 146,300 Laotians (increase of 80 percent) and 96,000 Thais (up 23 percent) visiting Cambodia during the same period. About 49 percent of visitors arrived in Cambodia by air, 49 percent by land and the rest by waterway. Last year, the country received some 3.5 million overseas visitors and earned more than US$2 billion. Tourism Minister Thong Khon said at a tourism forum last month that the country expected to receive 4 million foreign tourists this year. --BERNAMA EE