US$25 Million Generated from Ecotourism in First Nine Months

AKP Phnom Penh, November 06, 2020 —

Cambodia earned US$25.21 million from ecotourism services in the first nine months of 2020, according to H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment.

The income derived from the visit of 529,160 national tourists and 7,385 international travellers to the ecotourism areas located in 22 communities of 12 protected areas in 8 provinces across Cambodia.

The move, added the secretary of state, does not only contribute to national economy but also promotes Cambodia’s ecotourism potential and the love and protection of the environmental and natural resource among the locals – indicating noticeable increase compared to 2018 and 2019.

The said ecotourism areas cover 35,003 hectares of the land surface in the provinces of Rattanakiri, Kampong Speu, Koh Kong, Pursat, Preah Vihear, Kampong Thom, Kampot and Kampong Chhnang.

H.E. Neth Pheaktra expressed his confidence on the Royal Government’s strategy to boost ecotourism which is sustainably creating more jobs, improving household income, and reducing illegal logging.

He thanked all concerned players in ecotourism as well as domestic and foreign visitors which are the demand and supply sides indispensably bringing the industry to a new level.

In 2019, the ecotourism sites received 402,293 tourists generating about US$18.90 million, and in 2018 they welcomed 343,852 visitors, earning about US$16.16 million.

Article in Khmer by Rithy
Article in English by Phal Sophanith