International visitors at the Angkor Wat, the most known tourist site in Cambodia. The Southeast Asian country welcomes 2.4 million foreign tourists in the first half of 2016.

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Cambodia welcomed 2.4 million international tourists in the first six months this year, up 2.6 percent against the same period last year, according to the Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon.

The number of Japanese tourists in the reviewed period was 90,877, a slight increase from 2015, the Minister told the conference on the Cambodia-Japan tourism held in Phnom Penh last weekend.

He said that Cambodia hopes to welcome around 300,000 Japanese visitors among its target of 7 million foreign tourists by 2020.

The Japanese airline ANA will open a direct flight from Tokyo to Phnom Penh from September 1.

In 2015, Cambodia’s international arrivals reached 4.8 million, up 6.1 percent from the previous year, 193,330 of which are Japanese tourists. The tourism sector generates a revenue of around three billion USD and 620,000 jobs each year.-VNA