Cambodians had been heavily travelling to overseas for leisure, as the number of the Kingdom’s outbound tourists had reached nearly two million last year; according to tourism insider, it was due to a change in spending power of the middle-class Cambodian.
The Ministry of Tourism’s 2018 report released that 1.81 million of outbound Cambodian tourists between January and November last year – an increase of 12% (1.6 million) compared to 2017. In 2016, it was at 1.3 million.
Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) president Chhay Sivlin on Tuesday said the trend of Cambodians going overseas is on an upward curve due to a growing of middle-class, rising incomes and better living standards.
Sivlin further commented that majority Cambodians booked via tour agency to countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan, Dubai and Europe and other developed countries.
With rising incomes and the popularity of social media, she realized that Cambodians’ lifestyles have significant changes and many like to show off by posting places that they visit on it.
She further added that this new trend encourage others to explore the rest of the world by observing and learn new concepts to enhance their own business model way back home.