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Tourism in Cambodia off to a strong start in 2013

The number of people visiting Cambodia has continued to increase this year promising a good year in tourism for the country. The latest figures, released by Cambodia's statistics and tourist information department, reported a 15.4 per cent improvement in January compared with the same period last year.

The Southeast Asian country welcomed 404,106 visitors in January this year, up from 350,257 during the same month in 2012. Data released by the Ministry of Tourism showed that 70,770 of the total visitors in January were from South Korea this year, a 26.7 per cent increase on last year, which saw 55,871 visits.

Visitors from Vietnam, China, Laos, and the United States were also up from last year ranking as the top suppliers for the country. The number of people visiting from Thailand also improved significantly increasing 36.5 per cent to 18,693 visitors compared with 13,696 in 2012.

By region, visitors from Europe and Africa grew 13.1 per cent each, with visitors from Europe increasing to 84,830 and visitors from Africa increasing to 611. Not surprisingly visitors from the Asia Pacific region grew the most, increasing 17.3 per cent with 286,380 arrivals. Oceania and the Americas grew by 5.9 each to 18,336 and 30,912 visits respectively. Arrivals from the Middle East improved the least, increasing just 2.2 per cent to 1,373 visits.

Thong Khon, Cambodia’s minister of tourism, has said he believes Cambodia will attract over 4 million tourists this year, an 11.73 per cent increase on last year. The minister is relying on international visitors to bring up the numbers, with airlines such as Qatar Airways introducing more routes to the country this year, making Cambodia more accessible to the world.

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