The Ministry of Tourism and three education institutions from China’s Guangxi province have signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation on tourism skilled training.
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A ministry Facebook post said the pact with Henan Normal University, Guangxi Second Light Industry Senior Technical School, and Guangxi Hansi Education Investment Co. Ltd, and was signed on Saturday in Nanning City, Guangxi province.
The MoU underscores the importance of training and development of human resources, especially capacity development of tourism professionals and operators by enhancing cooperation of human resource development and boosting vocational tourism training in Cambodian schools, it noted.
Tourism Minister Thong Khon said in the post that Cambodia’s tourism sector development needs professionals to cater to the Kingdom’s booming growth in both local and international tourist arrivals.
The cooperation will help the country to increase the number of tourism professionals to 1.2 million by 2025, he noted.
“The tourism sector requires certain skills in order to develop in quality and sustainable, Mr Khon said. “Cambodia plans to provide 50% of the required tourism professionals by 2020 and 100% by 2025.”
According to the ministry, there are currently about 800,000 people employed in the tourism sector but the majority require some sort of skills accreditation through a training programme.
It said Cambodia needs to provide training and tourism skills to some 1.2 million professionals in the sector to cater to millions of international and domestic tourists in the Kingdom each year.
The ministry said 15 million foreign holidaymakers are expected to visit the Kingdom yearly by 2030. The government aims to have two million workers in the tourism sector by then.
Cambodia has set a goal to increase foreign tourist arrivals to 7 million by this year, up from 6.2 million last year.
In the first half of this year, Cambodia welcomed 3.3 million of international holidaymakers, 1.2 million of whom were from China, an increase of 38 percent.