In the first five months of this year, ticket sales from the Angkor Archaeological Park have brought in over $50 million. That sounds great, however, it is an 8.5% decrease from last year’s figures!
Over the same time period in 2018, foreign visitors generated $60.17 million in revenue through purchasing Angkor Park tickets. Unfortunately, that number is now down to $50.31 million.
Why are fewer tourists purchasing tickets to the Angkor Archaeological Park?
Ly Se, the Angkor Enterprise executive director may know why. He stated that the drop could possibly be due to travelers wanting to experience more of Cambodia and change their destinations.
“Tourists who visited the Angkor Wat temples are mostly one-time visitors which mean that they tend to change to other destinations after visiting them.”
The incredibly hot weather may also be another reason.
“The heat in the past months, as well as the recent rainfalls, have also made it less attractive for foreign tourists to visit the temple.”
As tourist numbers drop in Angkor, Cambodia as a whole is still experiencing and increase or visitors to eastern and coastal provinces such as Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri, Kep, Kampot, Koh Kong, and Preah Sihanouk.
So far, the Kingdom of Wonder has welcomed 2.4 million tourists this year. That’s up 11.1% from the same time period last year.
Top Sopheak, the Ministry of Tourism’s spokesman said,
“The number of visitors may have dropped in Siem Reap province, but Cambodia overall is still seeing a growth in the number of foreign tourists.”
As of now, Chinese tourists still have the highest count among foreign visitors visiting the Angkor Archaeological Park. They’re followed by travelers from the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Korea.
One initiative to increase attractiveness was the recent banning of food stalls in the Angkor Park. The goal is to improve on overall cleanliness and reduce the environmental impact of plastic and other trash left around.
What are your thoughts on the current ticket sales drop in Angkor? Do you think that this is a concerning matter or will this sort itself out? Perhaps more films set in Angkor Wat and Cambodia may bring some much needed publicity?