Number of outbound travelers jumps

The number of Cambodian outbound travelers increased by 27 percent to 445,020 in the first seven months of this year from 357,050 during the same period last year, according to data from the Tourism Ministry. Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said that most of the Cambodian visitors had travelled to ASEAN countries thanks to visa exemption agreements and direct flight connections. Among ASEAN states, Cambodians preferred to go to Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia, he added, saying the rise in outbound travelers reflects a rise in living standards.