BID TO BOOST ECOTOURISM

BID TO BOOST ECOTOURISM

PHNOM PENH Various ministries in Cambodia that have links to tourism will work together to boost ecotourism.

Khmer Times reported ministries of tourism, environment, agriculture, forestry and fisheries will work together to help communities take advantage of opportunities to get involved in ecotourism.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon was quoted saying there are about 2,000 fishing and forest communities nationwide, but only a few offer tourism services.

“We will work with relevant ministries to establish a joint working group to create ways to help communities to  function better within the tourism sector,” he said.

The working group will offer communities assistance to make infrastructure improvements and offer training for local tour guides, the minister said.

“If we build the capacity of tourism communities, we will be able to help them earn additional income. We want tourism standards in communities to be comparable to other places in the region.”

Currently about 50 tourism communities are providing quality tourism services nationwide, he added.Readmore

source : ttrweekly.com

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