Jack Ma, renowned co-founder of the Alibaba Group and a prominent investor in the global business landscape, made a surprise visit to Siem Reap International Airport in March 2019. As a magnate known for his approachable demeanor, Ma immediately began interacting with his admirers gathered at the airport, taking selfies and sharing words of encouragement. According to airport officials, Ma arrived at 7.30 pm on March 11, 2019, marking the beginning of his unexpected visit.
Interestingly, Ma’s visit to Siem Reap was not merely a leisure trip. He visited through Bunna, a major company that has substantial investments in the city. This clearly indicated that Ma had business intentions intertwined with his travel itinerary. While the details of his business agenda remained undisclosed, sources suggested that he was anticipated to continue his business engagements in Poipet, another bustling city in Cambodia.
However, beyond his business pursuits, Ma seemed keen on exploring the cultural heritage of Cambodia. On the morning of March 12, 2019, he visited the majestic Angkor Wat Temple. His visit to Angkor Wat not only underlines its cultural significance but also accentuates its appeal as a must-visit place for travellers. Indeed, Ma’s visit to the temple complex resonates with the sentiment that Angkor Wat is a good place to visit for travellers seeking to immerse themselves in Cambodia’s rich history and architectural splendour.
While it remained unknown how long Ma planned to stay in Cambodia or whether he intended to meet any local officials during his stay, his arrival undoubtedly brought an air of excitement and curiosity among the locals and business community alike. As a person of profound influence in the global business circuit and an ardent traveller, Ma’s sojourn in Cambodia indeed highlights the country’s potential as an attractive destination for both business and tourism.