Tourist arrivals to Phnom Penh International Airport increased about 12 percent, while arrivals to Siem Reap International Airport grew by about 16 percent between January and March this year, compared to the same period last year, according to data released Monday by the Ministry of Tourism.
The data also shows that the overall tourist arrivals to the country increased by 7.5 percent during the first three months this year, compared to 2013.
The number of tourists arriving at Phnom Penh’s airport rose to 245,071 this year, while the number of passengers arriving in Siem Reap was 453,898. The overall number of tourist arrivals was 1.4 million.
The top foreign visitors to Cambodia were from Vietnam, Korea, China, Laos and Japan.
On Saturday, the first direct charter flight from Japan to Cambodia landed in Siem Reap with 261 passengers onboard as the countries test the waters on direct flights, a possibility raised by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, during talks in December.
“This is the first time that we received a charter flight from Japan. It’s part of the two governments’ plan to begin this flight,” said In Sokear, deputy director of Siem Reap province’s tourism department.
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