Tourism in Cambodia

Cambodia recorded a total of 6 million tourists in 2018, ranking 54th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Cambodia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.38 tourists per resident, Cambodia ranked 103rd in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 6th.

Cambodia generated around 4.83 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 17.84 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 696 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Cambodia spend only around 483 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Cambodia from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Cambodia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Cambodia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 71.00 million USD, or about 2.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 220,000 tourists at that time and roughly 323 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 4.83 billion USD, accounting for 19.66 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 779 USD for his holiday in Cambodia.

Tourism receipts in Cambodia per year

All data for Cambodia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995220,00071.00 m $2.1 %323 $
1996260,000117.00 m $3.3 %450 $
1997219,00099.00 m $2.9 %452 $
1998287,000129.00 m $4.1 %449 $
1999368,000240.00 m $6.8 %652 $
2000466,000345.00 m $9.4 %740 $
2001605,000429.00 m $10.77 %709 $
2002787,000509.00 m $11.88 %647 $
2003701,000441.00 m $9.5 %629 $
20041.06 m673.00 m $12.61 %638 $
20051.42 m929.00 m $14.76 %653 $
20061.70 m1.11 bn $15.24 %652 $
20072.02 m1.17 bn $13.53 %580 $
20082.13 m1.28 bn $12.36 %602 $
20092.16 m1.46 bn $14.06 %677 $
20102.51 m1.67 bn $14.86 %666 $
20112.88 m2.26 bn $17.60 %783 $
20123.58 m2.66 bn $18.95 %743 $
20134.21 m2.90 bn $19.01 %688 $
20144.50 m3.22 bn $19.28 %715 $
20154.78 m3.42 bn $18.94 %716 $
20165.01 m3.52 bn $17.60 %703 $
20175.60 m4.02 bn $18.14 %718 $
20186.20 m4.83 bn $19.66 %779 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.