Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park saw an increase in ticket sales of more than 1,000% year-on-year, for the first half of 2022.
Angkor Enterprise, a state-run institution that manages ticket sales for international visitors to the UNESCO site, said that 59,983 tickets had been sold between January and June, for a total of $2,420,081 (£2m/€2.3m).
Some 1,066 tickets were purchased for the Koh Ker temple area at $15, while the prices of one-day, three-day and seven-day tickets come in at $37, $62 and $72. Cambodian residents do not need to pay entrance fees.
Since the Cambodian Government scaled back COVID-19 entry and exit rules, the number of visitors to Angkor park and the Siem Reap province have jumped significantly.
APSARA National Authority deputy director-general Long Kosal told The Phnom Penh Post: “The important thing is to instil confidence in those considering coming to visit, which is crucial in managing the development of the tourism sector.
“And confidence can be enhanced by providing safer, more enjoyable and unique entertainment, more efficient tour arrangements and transport of tourists from one place to another.”
The Siem Reap provincial Department of Tourism reported that the province attracted over a million visitors between January and May, which marks a 745% rise year-on-year, compared to 121,649 previously.