XINHUA – Cambodia has welcomed the resumption of China Eastern Airlines flights to its Siem Reap cultural province, the country’s Ministry of Tourism said in a press statement yesterday.
China Eastern Airlines flight MU2091, carrying some 132 Chinese tourists, arrived at the Siem Reap International Airport from Shanghai on Friday night and received a warm welcome from Cambodian tourism officials, local authorities and tour and travel operators, the statement said. The Ministry of Tourism’s Secretary of State Top Sopheak, who greeted the tourists upon arrival, said that China Eastern Airlines would operate direct flights between Shanghai and Siem Reap on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday weekly.
“The return of Chinese tourists and investors is a good sign for Cambodia’s tourism and economy in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era,” he said.
Sopheak said the Southeast Asian nation is expected to attract four million international tourists, including 800,000 to one million Chinese tourists, in 2023.
China was the largest source of foreign tourists to Cambodia in the pre-pandemic era, a Ministry of Tourism’s report said.