Cambodian tourism shrugs off political turmoil

Cambodian tourism shrugs off political turmoil

Tourism, the largest industry in Cambodia, outstripping even the garment industry, has shrugged off the impact of escalating political tensions in the country, as international visitors have been drawn by improved cultural and infrastructure links with China.

The recent political turmoil in the country does not appear to have negatively affected the domestic economy, and tourist arrivals remain healthy despite international condemnation of the government's crackdown on the opposition.

A Feb 21 report released by the Ministry of Tourism showed a 54% jump in visits over the Chinese New Year period, with 864,770 local and international tourists travelling in Cambodia during the three-day holiday, according to BMI Research.

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