Sunday, December 9, 2007

S Korean, Chinese tourists most frequent in Siem Reap of Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Most of the foreign tourists coming to Siem Reap, where the renowned Angkor Wat is situated, were from South Korea and China in October, Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial News reported on Saturday.

The percentage is unclear, but they just shared the majority, the paper quoted a report from the provincial tourism authority assaying.

Meanwhile, altogether 170,180 people visited Siem Reap in October, it said.

Among them, 86,833 were foreigners, a 22.15 percent increase over the same period last year, and 83,347 Cambodians, a rise of 50.93 percent, it said.

From October to March next year is usually the peak period of tourism for the province, said the report.

In Siem Rep, there are currently 100 hotels with more than 7,000 rooms, some 200 taverns, around 200 restaurants, 128 travel agencies and nearly 3,000 travel guides, according to the report.

Tourism is one of the kingdom's pillar industries. The sector aims to draw 2 million foreign tourists this year, over 1.7 million in 2006.

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