Temple city crowned top Asian destination

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Temple city crowned top Asian destination

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:39 pm

Temple city crowned top Asian destination

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Travel-planning website TripAdvisor has ranked Siem Reap as the top destination in Asia and fifth best travel destination worldwide in its annual Traveller’s Choice Destination awards, which could translate into more tourist visits, experts said yesterday.

Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said the publicity generated by the top-position ranking on the popular internet site could encourage more international tourists to visit Cambodia to see the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap.

“I hope that other online travel advisers or TV channels will give [Angkor Wat] the same rating and that the masterpiece of the Khmer Empire will get more and more famous around the world, not just in the Asia-Pacific [region],” he said.

Thy Khieu, head of the Siem Reap-based Angkor Tourism Guide Association, said TripAdvisor’s selection of Siem Reap as the top tourist destination in Asia affirms the positive experience that tourists have when visiting the city and its Angkor-era temples.

“If our service was very bad, if we were not friendly, and if we did not do a good job then TripAdvisor could not give us a good rating,” he said. “But people in this country are very friendly, warm and welcoming, and the service is all good in Cambodia.”

Khieu said he hopes the ranking will not only attract more travellers, but also encourage them to plan longer trips. He said tourists typically spend two weeks in the neighbouring countries of Thailand and Vietnam, but only about three days in Cambodia.

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