In 2017, more than 1.2 million Chinese passport holders visited the kingdom of Cambodia. According to the Cambodian Tourism Ministry, the count was 45.9 percent higher than that in 2016. Chinese tourists account for as much as 21.6 percent international tourists who visited Cambodia in the previous year. After China, Cambodia gets the most number of visitors from Laos and Vietnam. In 2017, 11.8 percent more international tourists visited China, a total of 5.6 million. Thong Khon, Cambodian Tourism Minister, said that 2017 was a huge milestone for the China - Cambodia tourism relations as it is the largest source of visitors. Also, 2017 was the first year where Chinese tourists in Cambodia crossed one million marks. Increase in tourism has helped reduce poverty and improve the local economy. As of now, 126 flights work between China and Cambodia from 12 carriers weekly. Thong Khon is confident about the country welcoming two million Chinese visitors in 2020. Along with Chinese tourists, business people have brought about socio-economic reforms in the country. Tourism is also one of the four sectors that contribute to the economy of Cambodia. The country is the home to three of the most stunning heritage sites in the world including Preah Vihear Temple, Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site, and Angkor archaeological park.
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