About 2,000 expats who have lived in Cambodia for more than two years have snapped up the offer of free access to Angkor Archaeological Park and Koh Ker temple.
According to the APSARA Authority, as of September 22, about 2,000 foreigners who have been staying and working in Cambodia for two years or more, have applied for a pass that offers free admission to visit the world-famous resort.
APSARA Authority Spokesman, Long Kosal, also Director General of the Angkor Foundation which manages ticket and revenue collection, confirmed the figure at a meeting of the Council of Ministers on September 22.
He added that in five years, it is estimated about 7.6 million international tourists will visit Angkor Wat Archeological Park, collecting about $342 million in revenue.
“Angkor is an important source of income for the national economy. Through this source of income we get some money to restore the nation,” Long Kosal said.
President of Cambodian Association of Travel Agent (CATA), Chhay Sivlin, has commented that initiatives to boost domestic tourism play an important role in helping Siem Reap’s private sector escape the economic problems and the local economy return to pre-pandemic levels.
On August 4, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon spoke at the launch of the Siem Reap Tourism Development Master Plan (2022-2023) initiative to boost domestic tourism. Waiving the entrance fee at Angkor for foreigners who have lived and worked in Cambodia for two years or more formed part of the plan
On September 1, Angkor Enterprise officially announced foreigners staying and working in Cambodia, including diplomats, officers, investors, and officials working in international organizations, can apply for free admission to visit Angkor Wat Archeological Park and Koh Ker Temple.