The Phnom Penh Post April 19, 2010
Tourists walk along Occheuteal beach in sihanukvil. Tracey sheton
Province saw 50 percent more international visitor for New Year
BY PHAK SEANGLY
The number of international tourist visiting Preak sihanuk Province rose by 50 Percent this Khmer New Year, compared to last, echoing the increasing amount of domestic visitor drawn to the coastal area.
Som Chenda, director of Preak Sihanuk’s Tourism Department, said Sunday the as many as 68.193 local and international tourists visited the province from April 14 to 16 this year.This marks increase of 5.2 percent on the 64.800 visitors recorded in the same period of 2009.“Among the tourists, there were 615 international visitors, while there were only 410 foreign visitors in 2009” he added in the majority of vacationers came from Europe or/Vietnam.The 50 percent rise in international travellers has been welcomed by the province’s tourist department.Som Chenda said that the main reasons behind Sihanukvill’s rising popularity were. The authority’s reinforcement of public order, the town’s increase attractiveness due to the renovation of town buildings decoration, and increase quality of service. The falling cost accommodation could also have had an influence.
Som Chenda said that the authority had worked hard to set hotel and guest house price at around twice the normal seasonal rate at Khmer New Year, compared to the tripling of average price seen last year.“the authority has followed the Ministry of tourism principles in promotion and raising people’s awareness about our good city, resorts and services, ” added Som Chenda Rising visitor number at Khmer New Year were also seen at the nation’s other tourist hub of Siem Reap, according province governor Sou Phirin who declined to give more details.
The encouraging statistic is indicative of a winder trend seen in the tourism sector in the first few months of 2010.The industry seems to be entering a period of recovery after experiencing the full fallout of the global financial crisis on international spending.
Kong Sophearak, director of the Statistic and Tourism information Department at the Ministry of Tourism, told the Post Sunday that in the first two months of this year, international tourist number increased by more than 9 percent, compared to January and February 2009.Most of the visitors, he said, came from Vietnam. Last year, tourism revenue fell 2 percent to us$1.561 billion, despite a 1.7 percent rise in visitor numbers, according to the tourist Ministry.
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