The Number of European Tourists Declines in Siem Reap, but the Number of Asian and Local Tourists Increases – Monday, 27.7.2009

Posted on 28 July 2009. Filed under: Week 623 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 623

“Siem Reap: Tourism companies serving tourists in Siem Reap, and especially tourism agencies aiming at tourists from Europe, are deeply concerned and might go bankrupt, because the number of European tourists dramatically dropped in 2009.

“However, the Siem Reap Tourism Department shows in its report that even though the number of European tourist decreased heavily, the number of Asian tourists, and especially also local tourists, rose significantly. Therefore, there is nothing to worry.

“A tourist guide who asked not to be named, who works at Indochina Tourism, a well-know tourism company, said that early in 2009, the number European tourists declined, and if compared to 2008, it declined by about 40%. This guide added that in 2008, during the rainy season, they could guide four to five groups of tourists per month, but in 2009, there were at the most only two groups.

“According to this guide, the decline in the number of European tourists might result from two factors: the global economic crisis, and the rainy season. However, this guide is not totally hopeless, as in mid-October there normally comes the season of many tourists.

“Despite such a situation, the Ministry of Tourism tries its best to find strategies to attract tourists, such as local and international tourists.

“According to the first six months’ report of 2009 of the Siem Reap Tourism Department, within the first six months of 2009, 1,195,259 tourists came to Siem Reap. This number dropped by 0.65% compared to the same period in 2008, where there had been 1,203,190 tourists.

“The report says that there were 503,028 foreign tourists. Thus, their number declined by 13.9% compared to 2008, when there had been 578,794 tourists, while the number of local tourists was 692,267, which increased by 10.86% compared to 2008 with 624,369 tourists. The number of Vietnamese tourists, however, rose significantly.

“The report adds that so far, there have been 116 hotels with 8,649 rooms, and 222 guesthouses with 2,912 rooms; 115 restaurants; 35 massage parlors where 3 are not licensed; 15 karaoke parlors where 7 are not licensed; and 140 tourism agencies. As for transportation services, there are 231 taxis, an association of 94 moto-taxis, an association of 217 boats, and 31 companies offering recreational and entertainment services.”Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2006, 26-27.7.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 27 July 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #246, 26-27.7.2009

  • A Big Gambling House in the Center of Phnom Penh Was Raided and More Than 80 Gamblers Were Arrested; the Owner of the Gambling House, Che Im, Was Arrested for a While, but Then Was Released again after a High Ranking Official Intervened
  • [The former Executive Director of the Center for Social Development] Seng Theary: I Will Struggle based on the Law, though There Is Little Hope [after she has been dismissed as through a court decision]
  • Vietnam Invests US$200 Million in Banking and in an Airline [in Cambodia]

Deum Tnot, Vol.3, #74, 27-28.7.2009

  • The Minister of Post and Telecommunication [Mr. So Khun]: A Telecommunication Law Will Be Ready in 2010

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #2006, 26-27.7.2009

  • The Number of European Tourists Declines in Siem Reap, but the Number of Asian and Local Tourists Increases
  • A Plane in Iran Ran beyond the Runway and Exploded, Killing Seventeen People

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.3, #455, 26-28.7.2009

  • Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister [Trương Vĩnh Trọng] Came to Join in the Inauguration of the Cambodian National Airline]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6712, 27.7.2009

  • Sixteen of [seventeen] Poor Citizens Hired to Transport Wood from the [Thai side of the] Dangrek Mountains Were Surrounded and Arrested by Siamese [Thai] Soldiers, and One Could Escape
  • The Ministry of Economy Has Licensed Six Insurance Companies [the Cambodian National Insurance (CAMINCO), the Forte Insurance, the ACLEDA Insurance, the Infinity Insurance, the Campubank Lonpac Insurance, and the Cambodian Reinsurance Company (Cambodia Re)]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4956, 26-27.7.2009

  • A Member of the Banteay Meanchey Council Was Stabbed to Death by a Group of Vietnamese Young Men [they got angry with him for he told them not to speak so loud in a restaurant – the police arrested three perpetrators who had escaped to Battambang]
  • American Troops Train Cambodia Navy [Sihanoukville]
  • Thai Investors Seek Investment Partners in Cambodia [Phnom Penh]

Sereypheap Thmey, Vol.17, #1758, 27.7.2009

  • A Civil Society Person Said that Reforms in Different Sectors of Cambodia Cannot Move Ahead because of Political Interference from All Kinds of State Institutions [the director of LICADHO, Ms. Pong Chhiv Kek – Dr. Kek Galabru – said that reforms in Cambodia cannot grow when there is political interference. Recently more than 40 judges between the age of 60 and 66 were retired. Civil society official said this is just the beginning, but even the change of personnel will not be efficient if there is no judicial reforms in Cambodia. Dr. Galabru commented that reform cannot bring change as long as the the Supreme Council of Magistracy, the highest judicial institution and other institutions involve also politicians, and judges, prosecutors, and lawyers are not free from political influence. She added that now everything is involved in politics: the police, the military police, and also the universities.

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