International tourist arrivals to Cambodia down 59 per cent in first five months

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): Cambodia received 1.17 million foreign visitors during the first five months of 2020, down 59 per cent from 2.88 million over the same period last year, said a report released by the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday (July 15).

China, Vietnam, Thailand, the United States and South Korea were the biggest sources of foreign tourists to the Southeast Asian country during the January-May period this year, the report said.

In May alone, Cambodia got only 10,475 foreign visitors, a drop of 97.8 per cent from 472,952 over the same month last year, it added.

The sharp decline in the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia was due to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced the country to impose entry restrictions for all foreign travellers since March.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said last month that Cambodia could lose about US$3bil of tourism revenue in 2020 due to the remarkable drop in international tourist arrivals.

“For 2020, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the number of foreign tourists to Cambodia can drop by 70 per cent,” he said.