Siem Reap Province, the Most Visited Destination during Five-day Holiday

AKP Phnom Penh, August 22, 2020 —

Siem Reap cultural province, home to the famous Angkor Archeological Park, attracted the most visitors during the Khmer New Year break compensation from Aug. 17 to 21.

According to a report of the Ministry of Tourism, some 1,459,386 tourists – 1,445,238 national and 14,148 international – toured the country in the past five days, of them 214,047 visited Siem Reap province.

Kampot, Kep, Battambang, and Preah Sihanouk followed Siem Reap as the most visited provinces with 180,754, 146,383, 133,349, and 116,346 visitors respectively.

All provinces and capital city have well arranged their tourist attractions and created new tourism products, noted the Ministry of Tourism, taking for example Siem Reap province which created “Siem Reap Holiday” programme attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

The ministry’s Tourism Safety measures against COVID-19 such as temperature screening, hand washing and visitor registration have been well carried out by tourism destinations, anyway facemask wearing among visitors and safety distancing at crowded tourism sites were not fully implemented, it added.

The ministry also expressed its concern over the garbage issue, which remains a complicated problem at some tourism destinations.

“Overall, local people and private sector have shown their delight with the flow of tourists at all tourism destinations while their expenses went directly to the local economic currents,” underlined the report.

The five-day holiday has been allowed by Royal Government of Cambodia to compensate the Khmer New Year holiday in mid-April, postponed in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Photo: Khuth Sao & AKP-Kampot, Kep, Battambang)

By C. Nika