Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Training needed for tourist industry

Training needed for tourist industry

Training needed for tourist industry

Representatives of Cambodia’s booming tourism industry yesterday called on the Asian Development Bank to provide funding for workforce training in the sector.

During the meeting at the Cambodia Chamber of Commerce, tour operator Ho Vandy, who also co-chairs the Tourism Working Group in the Government-Private Sector Forum, said representatives of various tourism-related associations had asked the ADB for help in technical and vocational education and training.

He said that by 2015, all ASEAN countries would be part of one community, which would cause increased competition, and human resources were the main factor in addressing this competition.

“We propose professional training and real skills for tourism-related business.”

Ang Kim Eang, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said training was important because Cambodian university courses had not yet met the needs of tourism services.

Education specialist Swetal Sindhvad, of the Asian Development Bank, said that although the ADB had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Economy and Finance Ministry that focused on workforce training designed to respond to the need for skilled labour in the private sector, the ADB had not set a budget or given priority to any particular sectors.

“We are trying to identify what is the area of the project, and then we will work with the government on the amounts,” Sindhvad said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rann Reuy at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman