Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanoukville hosts tourism skills fair

Sihanoukville hosts tourism skills fair

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Workers preparing an exhibit on January 17 for the ASEAN tourism forum 2022 in Sihanoukville. Heng Chivoan

Sihanoukville hosts tourism skills fair

The Ministry of Tourism is conducting a four-day exhibition on tourism professional development in Preah Sihanouk province from January 18-21, a side event of the 40th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF 2022), held to attract more visitors to member countries of the regional bloc.

Tang Sochet Kresna, head of the provincial tourism department, said there will be 187 stands of sellers, 40 stands of buyers, 20 media institutions, and 322 guests from 27 countries.

He said the exhibition will focus on the provision of food and beverage services, including cocktails and mocktails, and housekeeping skills. This will be a great opportunity for visitors to learn and train in these skills, and participate in competitions that will be organised during the exhibition.

“Visitors can meet sellers and buyers and large companies, both domestic and international. They can help promote and attract more visitors to Cambodia and the 10 countries in ASEAN,” he said.

He added the skills development programme will promote tourism professionals under the slogan “Tourism Skills Are Your Life!” coined by tourism minister Thong Khon.

Noch Sophuong, manager at LET’S GO Travel & Tours Co Ltd, said the exhibition opens doors for both local and foreign companies to participate and show of their products and services to the public.

She added, however, that exhibition was hampered by Covid-19, which meant it would likely attract less people.

“If the exhibition was organised in a normal situation which had no force majeure, that would be great because then we could showcase our tourism professionals, products and services to many visitors from inside and outside of the country,” she said.

Sochet Kresna said the exhibition was to open ASEAN tourism destinations which are safe and attractive, and reinforce this to visitors and investors.

“We want to show that the 10 ASEAN nations are united to reopen tourism, while in other parts of the world it remains closed. This shows that we have joined hands to fight Covid-19, and we are ready for business,” he said.

Ho Vandy, an adviser to the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, said this is the third time that the Kingdom has hosted an ASEAN tourism professional development exhibition.

“This exhibition gives us the chance to show off the potential of ecotourism, land tourism, cultural tourism, natural tourism, and agricultural tourism in the Kingdom,” he said.


  • Second Hungary business forum set for H2

    Cambodia has asked Hungary to provide GSP- (Generalised System of Preferences) Plus facilities for when the Kingdom sheds its least-developed country (LDC) label, as the two countries prepare to hold a second business forum in the second half (H2) of this year to expand trade

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports

  • CPP sets out five primary strategic goals for 2023-28

    The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on January 29 concluded its two-day extraordinary congress, setting the party’s priority goals for 2023-2028. The ruling party’s congress was attended by more than 3,000 members from across the Kingdom, including the members of the permanent and central committees,

  • Nearly 50 states join Kun Khmer Federation, all set for training

    In a little over a week, the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) has accepted membership requests from 20 new nations, in addition to the exiting 29. The sudden influx of international recognition stems from the Kingdom’s successful introduction of Kun Khmer to the 32nd Souheast Asian (