Vietnam tops list of Q1 tourist arrivals in Cambodia
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Tourists walk with a guide outside the Royal Palace which was closed for visitors as precaution against the coronavirus outbreak in Phnom Penh, Cambodia March 19, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Cindy Liu
Vietnam led the list of countries with the highest number of tourist arrivals to Cambodia in the first quarter, followed by Thailand and China, a Cambodian official says.
Cambodia received a total 151,680 foreign visitors in the first quarter of 2022, an increase of 114 percent year-on-year, Kong Sopheareak, director of Tourism Statistics Department at the Ministry of Tourism, said, Khmer Times reported.
The sharp rise in the number of foreign visitors came after Cambodia fully resumed its socio-economic activities and reopened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers without quarantine since the middle of November last year.
Cambodia last month dispensed with a requirement for visitors from overseas to take Covid-19 tests upon arrival.
With a quarantine free policy, Cambodian tourism authorities hope to attract between 600,000 and 700,000 international tourists in 2022, an expected rise from only 200,000 in 2021.
Vietnam resumed regular flights with Cambodia's Phnom Penh from Jan. 1 and lifted travel restrictions for outbound Vietnamese tourists in February.