The number of Vietnamese tourists visiting Cambodia jumped
nearly 75 percent in the first ten months of 2008, coming in at No. 2 for the
first time in 15 years, officials said Tuesday.
The 176,600 Vietnamese visitors, up from 102,577 in the same
period last year, was second only to the number of Korean visitors, 234,880,
according to figures from the Ministry of Tourism.
Attributing the increase to improved Cambodian
infrastructure and Vietnamese livelihoods, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said
Tuesday most visitors went to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Trinh Ba Cam
attributed the rise to “a situation in Cambodia where there is enough stability
The rise in Vietnamese visitors also parallels the rise in
Vietnamese investment in the country, mainly in agriculture, hydroelectricity,
telecommunications and banking.
Overall, Cambodia’s tourism sector—the second-most important
engine for the economy—saw more than 2 million visitors in 2007, bringing with
them $1.4 billion in revenue.