Chinese tourists in Cambodia surge 35.6 pct in 1st 5 months

Updated 2017-07-10 17:56:35 Xinhua

Cambodia attracted 441,070 Chinese holidaymakers in the first five months of 2017, up 35.6 percent over the same period last year, according to a Tourism Ministry report on Monday.

China ranked the biggest source of foreign tourists to Cambodia, the report said, adding that Chinese visitors accounted for 19.3 percent of the 2.28 million foreigners visiting the Southeast Asian country during the January-May period this year.

Tourism is one of the four pillars supporting the Cambodian economy. In 2016, the country greeted 5 million foreigners, including 830,000 Chinese, earning gross revenue of 3.4 billion U.S. dollars, it said, adding that the sector contributed about 13 percent to the kingdom's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Cambodia is famous for the 12th century Angkor archeological park in northwestern Siem Reap province.

The country is expected to welcome up to 7 million international tourists in 2020, generating gross revenue of 5 billion U.S. dollars, it added.

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