Cambodia Sees Foreign Arrivals Drop by 65 percent in First Half 2020

AKP Phnom Penh, August 04, 2020 —

Cambodia received only some 1.18 million foreign visitors in the first half of 2020, a 65 percent decrease year-on-year, pointed out the data from the Ministry of Tourism.

According to the same source, from January to June this year, Chinese tourists topped the country’s tourism market. About 275,673 Chinese tourists visited the Kingdom during the period, down 79 percent.

Vietnamese tourists ranked second with 179,689, a 55 percent decrease, followed by Thai tourists with 161,084, a 7.6 percent decrease.

Cambodia’s tourism sector, like that of other countries around the world, has been being seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, the ministry held a meeting with tourism private sector to develop a strategy to gradually resume receiving international tourists with absolute safety from COVID-19, called Travel Bubble or One way Closed-loop.

The report also stated that Cambodian outbound tourists fell by 69 percent in the first six months to 311,167.

Last year, Cambodia received 6.6 million foreign visitors, a year-on-year increase of 6.6 percent.

By Chea Vannak