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Tiger tourism: Cambodia's newest cash ploy

Despite poaching and corruption concerns, the big cats are being reintroduced

An Indochinese tiger is photographed in Thailand. The last wild tiger in Cambodia was seen in 2007. (Courtesy of Panthera)

PHNOM PENH -- Just 20 years ago, Cambodia was a country that many travelers to Southeast Asia skipped over to get to Thailand, Vietnam and other regional rivals. These days, they are flocking to see the country's pristine beaches, picturesque pagodas and famed Angkor temple complex.

In 2016, international arrivals to Cambodia increased by an annual 5% and pushed past 5 million, a number that is expected to increase by 11.5% this year and signifies a massive boost from the total of roughly 1 million tourists who visited in 2004.

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