Cambodia welcomed 2.2 million foreign visitors in the first six months of 2014, up 5.2 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics from the Cambodian Tourism Ministry.

The Southeast Asian country is expect to receive 4.6 million foreign arrivals this year to enjoy a rise of 10 percent over 2013, Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon was quoted as saying.

By 2020, the figure is hoped to reach 8 million, helping Cambodia earn a revenue of about 5 billion USD from tourism, he added.

The statistics also showed that Vietnam, China and the Republic of Korea were the largest markets of Cambodian tourism sector.

In recent years, tourism has been one of the four major pillars of the Cambodian economy, contributing about 16 percent to the country’s GDP.

Last year, Cambodian tourism sector earned 2.5 billion USD from serving 4.2 foreign arrivals.-VNA