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Angkor Wat records a 99.5 percent drop in monthly revenue

Chhut Bunthoeun / Khmer Times Fri,May 1, 2020

Tourists visiting the world famous temple before the COVID-19 outbreak. KT/Chor Sokunthea

PHNOM PENH – Revenue at Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park has seen a staggering decline in revenue from April ticket sales, as extreme travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the Kingdom’s most famous attraction.

With the park earning only $29,368 for the entire month of April, representing an approximate 99.5 percent drop from almost $7 million a month compared to the same period last year, as only 654 foreign visitors bought passes to the world-famous heritage site.

From January to April this year, the park’s revenue has declined almost 60 percent generating approximately $18 million from a total of 384,317 foreign visitors, according to data from the state-run Angkor Enterprise today.

Currently, for foreigners wanting to visit the site a single-day entrance pass costs $37, three-day pass are $62, and $72 for seven-day passes – while Cambodian’s can continue to visit the site free of charge.

To try and encourage more visitors to the temple in February, the Ministry of Tourism announced those who buy single-day entrance passes can visit the world heritage site for up to two days and those who buy three-day entrance passes can visit up to five days.

With a seven-day entrance pass, foreign tourists can now visit up to 10 days.

From: KHMER TIMES, CAMBODIA Fri, May 1, 2020

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