Angkor Sangkranta 2017 Generates Some US$95 Million Revenue

The Angkor Sangkranta 2017, the fifth of its kind, attracted more than 1,631,000 million national and foreign tourists to visit Siem Reap cultural province, a 23 percent year-on-year increase, generating a total income of about US$95 million, according to Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon.

Of the tourists, 1,600,000 are national visitors, up 23 percent, and 31,800 are international visitors, up almost 8 percent, he pointed out.

Angkor Sangkranta is an intangible cultural event organised on the land of tangible heritage, said H.E. Minister, underlining that it shows the richness of Cambodian culture.

This annual event has been included in the Visit ASEAN@50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and embrace ASEAN as a single and united tourism destination, and recognised as a key cultural tourism event in ASEAN, he added.

In ASEAN, there are more than 50 cultural tourism events, of which five are in Cambodia - Water Festival, Angkor Sangkranta, Sea Festival, River Festival, and Half Marathon.

Angkor Sangkranta took place this year from April 14 to 16 in Siem Reap province, where the well-known Angkor Wat Temple is located, to celebrate the Khmer Traditional New Year. It is aimed to show off the solidarity of the Cambodian family as a whole and to contribute to maintaining Cambodian tradition, culture and custom.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press