Cambodia to attract more Chinese tourists – CGTN

One destination that is undoubtedly experiencing a boom in Chinese tourists is Cambodia, a hidden gem in southeast Asia.

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen met with Chinese president Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing from Sunday to Wednesday and expressed the willingness to work together with China in various fields including trade and tourism.

1.6 million Chinese tourists flocked to Cambodia last year, making China by far the country’s leading source of tourists, well ahead of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, and accounting for more than 26 percent of the country’s total 6.2 million international visitors.

The massive growth has been fueled by increasingly close ties between Phnom Penh and Beijing.

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Unveiling strategies to attract Chinese tourists

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, the Ministry of Tourism has announced that it’ll soon issue three-year multiple entry visas for Chinese and South Korean citizens.

Arrivals at Sihanoukville International Airport, , jumped 115% last year to 338,000, with most of those passengers coming on direct flights from seven Chinese cities.

Most recently, China’s major airline operator Air China piloted a direct flight route from Beijing to Phnom Penh early January to help boost the local tourism.

Last year, . It has plans to increase the number of visitors to 12 million by 2025, among which two million are expected from China by 2020. 

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China has pledged a 240 million U.S. , trade and tourism.

A tourist paradise with a rich cultural heritage

Home to stretches of untouched coastline, palm trees as far as the eye can see and powder white sand which is lapped by a turquoise ocean, .

Dubbed as the “Kingdom of Wonders” Cambodia offers tourists spectacular temples, a rich cultural heritage and laid back vibes. Its capital, Phnom Penh, has the buzz of a modern city yet it retains a connection with the region’s Buddhist past with stunning golden palaces and temples. 

With its inspiring history, , and other world heritage sites.

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