By APD writer Kin Ratha
Phnom Penh, August, 10 (APD) -- Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple awarded the World Best Landmark for 2018 on TripAdvisor yesterday, which is the world’s largest travel website.
The award was handed yesterday in front of Angkor Wat temple by Sarah Mathews, head of Asia and the Pacific Marketing Destination, TripAdivisor.
Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, said the award will contribute to promot tourism and attract tourists to visit the Siem Reap province, home of UNESCO-listed world heritage sites.
“Angkor Wat is the meaningful pride of all Cambodian people and government,” Mr Khon said “Taking this opportunity, I would like to appeal to all relevant stakeholders to join with ministry of tourism to further promote Cambodia’s tourism to the international level, particularly with TripAdvisor.”
TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice announced on May 22 that one million international tourists had picked the temple over the other sites after a 12-month-long survey.
According to the Tourism Ministry, this is the fifth consecutive year that Angkor Temple was voted by one million international tourists as the top place to visit by different websites.
In 2014, Angkor was ranked as “The Most Famous Archaeological and Historical Site in the World” by ArchaeoMadness Website.
At the beginning of 2015, Angkor was ranked as “The Most Famous Historic Site in the World” by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choices.
In 2016, Angkor was ranked as “The Most Cultural Favourite Destination for 2016” by the Lonely Planet Website.
Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II. The temple is located in Siem Reap province’s Angkor Archaeological Park and was added to the World Heritage List by Unesco on December 14, 1992.
Cambodia welcomed the arrival of foreign tourists 2.6 million in the first five months, 13.5 percent increase compared to the same period last year, according to the figure of the ministry of Tourism.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)