In order to increase the number of tourists to Siem Reap, the Royal Government developed important action plans for the creation of new tourism products and services.
On August 1, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon announced that the action plan outlines 17 strategies and 37 implementation activities for the Angkor Archaeological Park, Phnom Kulen National Park, Banteay Srei Protected Area and its surroundings, Siem Reap town area, Tonle Sap Lake area, and the Siem Reap Thmey Tourism Area in order to support the bringing in of more foreign tourists to visit Siem Reap.
Speaking at the official launch, Khon said that Siem Reap province aims to get more than 100,000 tourists from overseas in 2022, with plans to expand that number to 500,000 in 2023.
When it comes to developing domestic tourism and attracting travelers from important markets in the recovery phase, Siem Reap is the main travel destination that needs a tourism activity revival.
Aun Pornmoniroth, the minister of economy and finance, pointed out that among other tourism master plans, Siem Reap’s was the first to be made public.
Pornmoniroth stated, “We are confident that the stakeholders would make great effort to ensure the successful implementation of the action plan, particularly in connection to the development and improvement of the six priority tourism locations.”
According to Tea Seiha, the governor of Siem Reap, the “Visit Cambodia in 2023” campaign would be supported by enhancing the quality of service and setting up relatively affordable vacation packages in Siem Reap.
Over one million domestic tourists visited Siem Reap in the first half of 2022, a growth of 798 percent compared to the same period in 2021, and the city attracted over 60,000 foreign visitors, an increase of 1,025 percent. Furthermore, in the first half of 2022, there were 387 flights to Siem Reap.
In 2022, more than 100,000 foreign visitors will come to Siem Reap, and by 2023, that number is expected to grow by almost 500,000.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, Dr. Aun Pornmoniroth, urged the relevant ministries and institutions to engage in the Siem Reap-Angkor Tourism Management and Development Commission’s framework for collaboration with the administration.