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Chinese tourists to Cambodia exceed 1 mln in 5 months

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PHNOM PENH, July 10 (Xinhua) -- More than 1.1 million Chinese tourists had visited Cambodia in the first five months this year, an increase of 40 percent over the same period last year, said a report of Cambodian Tourism Ministry released Wednesday.

 

China remained the largest source of foreign visitors to the Southeast Asian country, accounting for 38 percent of the total foreign arrivals to the kingdom during the January-May period this year, the report said.

 

Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon said that China is a huge market for Cambodia's tourism industry.

"We hope to attract about 2.6 million Chinese tourists in 2019, 3 million in 2020, 5 million in 2025 and up to 8 million in 2030," he said.

 

According to the report, a total of 2.89 million international tourists had travelled to Cambodia during the first five months of this year, up 11.4 percent over the same period last year.

 

Tourism is one of four sectors supporting Cambodia's economy.

Last year, the country received 6.2 million foreign tourists including 2 million Chinese, earning gross revenue of 4.35 billion U.S. dollars, the minister said, adding that tourism contributed 12.7 percent to the country's gross domestic product.

 

Cambodia is famous for three world heritage sites, namely the Angkor archeological park, the Preah Vihear temple, and the Sambor Prei Kuk archeological site.

Besides, it has a pristine coastline in four southwestern provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep.

 

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/10/c_138214901.htm

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No sinking boats, and overturning tour buses overthere?

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China preys on poor countries.  Thailand, with your rising Baht—looks like you’re next...

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I would think most are flocking to the casinos in Sihanoukville and Poipet (to a lesser extent). I have recently returned from Siem Reap and I was surprised to see many restaurants, bars and shops closed with "For Sale" or "For Rent" signs posted outside. I know it is the low season but this was the quietest I had seen Siem Reap in 4 years.

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Cambodia has poverty abounding. You’d think BoT would take notice and stop the rising Baht.  With the imminent loss of tourism and exports (and expats)—LoS will experience an economic collapse.

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6 hours ago, Lupatria said:

No sinking boats, and overturning tour buses overthere?

I think the khmers are little more laidback and that goes for driving as well. they arent trying to break speed records like the thais

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11 hours ago, geovalin said:

HNOM PENH, July 10 (Xinhua) -- More than 1.1 million Chinese tourists had visited Cambodia in the first five months this year, an increase of 40 percent over the same period last year, said a report of Cambodian Tourism Ministry released Wednesday.

Wave them goodbye T.A.T 

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3 hours ago, Scouse123 said:

Any Cambodian small businesses have been largely squeezed out as the Chinese only do business with each other.

Last year, the country received 6.2 million foreign tourists including 2 million Chinese, earning gross revenue of 4.35 billion U.S. dollars, the minister said, adding that tourism contributed 12.7 percent to the country's gross domestic product.

 

You're going to have to explain how that works.

 

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14 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

Wave them goodbye T.A.T 

It's a different 1.1m Chinese.

 

There's quite a lot of them, see?

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Great news less isle blocking in Makro just a billion more to go 🤔

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12 hours ago, geovalin said:

Besides, it has a pristine coastline in four southwestern provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot and Kep

Don't worry the Chinese'll sort that out for you .. 

 

12 hours ago, geovalin said:

"We hope to attract about 2.6 million Chinese tourists in 2019, 3 million in 2020, 5 million in 2025 and up to 8 million in 2030," he said.

 

There'll be Chinese street eggs everywhere if that pans out .. 

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1 hour ago, Traubert said:

Last year, the country received 6.2 million foreign tourists including 2 million Chinese, earning gross revenue of 4.35 billion U.S. dollars, the minister said, adding that tourism contributed 12.7 percent to the country's gross domestic product.

 

You're going to have to explain how that works.

 

 

Have you been down to Sihanoukville recently?

 

It's all well and good what government agencies report in the news, the reality on the ground is somewhat different for the Cambodian vendors and small business people living there.

 

Cambodians are always complaining that the Chinese just do not spend in the local shops, bars, restaurants, and bookings for accommodation are usually a block booking through agencies in China. In Sihanoukville, the biggest rise in any businesses being built and opening in Sihanoukville are casinos, of which the real owners are Chinese. It is a Chinese enclave.

 

 

 

 

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