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Visitors to Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple increase sharply in 2010

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) — Tourists visiting
Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple increased by 3.6 folds in 2010 thanks to
good security and better infrastructure in the area, director of Preah
Vihear province’s tourism department Kong Vibol said on Saturday.

There had been 80,356 people visiting the temple in 2010, increased
by 3.6 times from 17,174 people in 2009, he told Xinhua by telephone.
Of the figure, the domestic visitors were up 3.7 times to 78,419 from
16,405 and the foreign tourists increased by 1.5 times to 1,937 from
769.

“It’s a huge increase of the tourists to the temple in 2010 due to
better security and stability as the border tension with Thailand has
been eased, and the good condition roads–easy to travel,”said Kong
Vibol, adding “so visitors feel safe and more confidence to visit the
temple.”

Cambodia’s Preah Vihear temple was enlisted as World Heritage Site
on July 7, 2008. Just a week after the enlistment, Cambodia and
Thailand have had border conflict due to Thai claim of the ownership of
1.8 square miles (4.6 sq km) of scrub next to the temple, triggering a
military build-up along the border, and periodic clashes between
Cambodian and Thai soldiers have resulted in the deaths of troops on
both sides.

The border issue, however, has been eased as the top leaders of Cambodia and Thailand have held four meetings since September.

In 2010, the province as a whole received 135,657 tourists, up 119
percent from 61,903 in 2009, Kong Vibol said. Of the figure, foreign
tourists were up 32 percent to 11,249 from 8,512 in 2009.

Preah Vihear province has three attractive ancient temples for
tourists. They are Preah Vihear temple, Koh Ker temple and Preah Khan
Kampong Svay temple.

Xinhua

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