Tourism Ministry Aiming For More Visitors, Especially From China

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Nearly a million Chinese tourists visited the Kingdom last year, with the Ministry of Tourism aiming to double that number in the next three years.

Cambodia remains on course to attract seven million foreign tourists per year by 2020, two million of which coming from mainland China, according to the Ministry of Tourism yesterday.

“In 2016, 900,000 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia and this was a 20 percent increase compared with 2015. Last year, we recorded five million international tourist arrivals and Chinese nationals were ranked second [after Westerners],” Tourism Minister Thong Khon was quoted in the Khmer Times as saying.

The China Ready Centre was established by the Ministry last June to facilitate research on the requirements and demands of Chinese tourists, as well as strengthen the Chinese language and cultural skills of Cambodian tourist operators.

And in October, following the visit of China’s President Xi Jinping, the Ministry signed a tourism development agreement with China’s Shanghai Spring International Travel Service Group to boost the influx of Chinese tourists to the Kingdom. Tourism operators are to be awarded certificates if they pass an assessment and given stickers bearing the words “China Ready and Accredited”.

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