The variety of worldwide guests to Cambodia totalled 159,546 in the primary quarter of this yr, marking a 125 per cent improve from final yr’s determine. More than half of all guests entered the nation by air, in accordance with the tourism ministry.
The improve comes because the nation, like many others worldwide, begins to dial again its Covid-19 restrictions. Industry observers have expressed optimism that tourism features will prolong into the remainder of 2022 on the again of the latest removing of coronavirus testing necessities for fully-vaccinated arrivals.
The ministry reported that in the January-March interval, 86,976 guests entered Cambodia via its three worldwide airports, a rise of 159.4 per cent year-on-year, and 72,570 arrived both overland or by way of waterways, up by 94.2 per cent.
Phnom Penh International Airport logged 74,820 air passenger arrivals, a rise of 176.5 per cent from final yr’s figures, with Siem Reap International Airport receiving 10,376 arrivals, or an almost 100 per cent improve. Bucking the optimistic pattern was Sihanouk worldwide Airport, which obtained 1,780 individuals – a fall of 72.5 per cent.
Vietnam emerged as the highest supply of vacationers at 46,303, up by 1,200 per cent, adopted by Thailand, with 39,615, a rise of 12.2 per cent. The solely main market to register a year-on-year drop was China’s, with the Kingdom recording 9,753 guests from the mainland, the ministry stated. The US got here in third with 8,820 guests, up 876.7 per cent, with Indonesia coming fourth at 8,578, or a 268 per cent improve. Other vital sources of vacationers had been France, South Korea, Malaysia, and the UK.
Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak stated that efficient management of Covid-19 and the success of the vaccination marketing campaign had prompted Cambodia to reopen its financial actions shortly.