Cambodian Tourism Is Flying High

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As tourism in Cambodia continues to grow at an excelled rate, one airline is helping to cater for the ever-increasing masses that are jumping onboard to explore Cambodia and further afield.

In the first half of 2013, Cambodia Angkor Air saw a 27 per cent increase in tourists jumping onboard the airline – a figure it predicts will continue to rise into the future.

Add to this the fact that visitors landing in Cambodia rose by 19 per cent in the first five months of 2013 to 1.79 million and the government predicts tourism figures will rise to 10 million by 2020, and this is a major contributor to Cambodia’s economy.

“The market is definitely growing,” Lim Kao, vice chief executive officer of Cambodia Angkor Air, comments. “This is great for Cambodia because I brings more facilities. Tourism is one of the industries we can say provides a lot of jobs for Cambodians through hotels, restaurants, transportation and shops.”

This year already, the airline has increased the number of flights connecting Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, launching a daily flight between Siem Reap and the coast. In the near future it hopes to increase this to two daily flights, adding international routes to further strengthen Cambodia’s links with China. Cambodia Angkor Air also plans to launch a route to India in the future.

Mr Lim says, “Cambodia Angkor Air launched in 2009 and has come a long way since then. At first, we operated three flights a week and now we have a daily service carrying thousands of passengers, which is great.”

He adds, “A lot of people are taking advantage of our direct Siem Reap to Sihanoukville flight because it takes one hour ten minutes so it’s much quicker than the bus, which you have to change at Phnom Penh for. There’s the convenience, which people are using.”

For more information on Cambodia Angkor Air, visit www.cambodiaangkorair.com

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