The higher value of ticket sales at the Angkor Complex mainly reflects an 85% increase in daily admission prices in February. (Khmer Times photo/Valinda Aim)
Ticket sales revenue at Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia rose 71.5% year-on-year to US$84 million in the first 10 months of this year, reflecting the 85% rise in daily admission fees.
The number of foreign visitors to Oct 31 reached 1.9 million, up 12.2% from the same period last year, said Angkor Enterprise, which opertates the Unesco World Heritage site at Siem Reap.
In October alone, ticket sales to foreign tourists amounted to $8.5 million, an increase of 81.8% from the same month last year, reported.
The price of a one-day ticket to the park was increased by 85% from $20 to $37, on Feb 1 this year. The price of a three-day pass rose 50%, to $60 from $40, and a one-week pass was increased by 20%, to $72 from $60.
Ho Vandy, secretary-general of the Cambodia National Tourism Alliance, said the positive results owe much to government efforts to promote the iconic archeological park.
“This shows that the government’s strategy is successful in attracting tourists. Even increasing the price of tickets has proven to be a wise decision,” he said.
“The rising revenue is helping increase the budget allocated to the protection of the Angkor historical site,” he added.
Two dollars from every ticket sale is used to provide treatment for Cambodian children in need of medical attention. During the first nine months of the year, $3.3 million was raised for Kantha Bopha Hospital.
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