Up to 683,436 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first quarter of 2019,  according to a report of Cambodia's Tourism Ministry (Photo: chinanews.worldtimes.news)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Up to 683,436 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first quarter of 2019, up 35.1 percent over the same period last year, according to a report of Cambodia's Tourism Ministry.

Xinhua news agency reported that China remained the largest source of foreign tourists to the Southeast Asian country, accounting for 36.4 percent of the total foreign arrivals during the January-March period this year.

A total of 1.87 million international tourists travelled to Cambodia during the first three months of this year, up 9.7 percent over the same period last year.

Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon noted that the country is expected to attract three million Chinese tourists in 2020 and five million in 2025.

Tourism is one of the four sectors supporting Cambodia's economy as it contributed 12.7 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2018, said the minister.

In the year, the country received 6.2 million foreign tourists, including 2 million Chinese, earning gross revenue of 4.35 billion USD.

Cambodia is famous for three world heritage sites, namely the Angkor archaeological park, the Preah Vihear temple, and the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site.

Besides, it has a pristine coastline stretching 450 km in four southwestern provinces of Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, and Kep.-VNA