Phnom Penh, January 30, 2019 –Cambodia received 6.2 million foreign tourists in 2018, an increase by 11 percent compared to the previous year, of them 1.9 million were Chinese visitors, up 70 percent.
The figures were shared here yesterday by Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Hor Namhong at a gala dinner jointly organised by the two countries to promote their tourism destinations.
The Cambodian DPM attributed the rise in the number of Chinese visitors to Cambodia to the increasing direct flights between both nations, stressing that tourism growth has contributed a significant part in the development of Cambodia.
According to Cambodian Minister of Tourism, Cambodia is expected to attract 3 million Chinese visitors in 2020, 5 million in 2025 and 8 million in 2030.
Organised as part of activities to mark the Cambodia-China Culture and Tourism Year 2019, the gala dinner attracted 200 distinguished guests, of them there were Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts H.E. Mrs. Phoeurng Sackona, visiting Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism H.E. Luo Shugang, and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Wang Wentian.
Cambodia-China Culture and Tourism Year 2019 will further deepen the cultural and tourism relations and cooperation between the two countries, underlined H.E. Hor Namhong.
Attractive tourism destinations, culture, tradition and custom of the two countries were shown in video clips screened on the occasion.
By C. Nika