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Tie-up to improve, develop tourism industry

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RAC’s President Sok Touch and Tourism Minister Thong Khon (R) at the MoU signing ceremony yesterday at the Ministry of Tourism. KT/Tep Sony

The Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) and the Ministry of Tourism yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to team up so they can  boost the human resources development, vocational training and research in the tourism sector in the Kingdom.

The MoU focuses on vocational skill training in tourism (including hotels, hospitality, food and beverages), the exchange of expertise in the sector, the establishment of a China Ready Centre, up-skilling the professions in tourism to serve both local and international markets and seeking  funds
to boost the cooperation.

RAC’s President Sok Touch, said both institutions will prepare a training course on tourism based on Asean and international standards. It will be conducted at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, located in Kakab commune, Por Senchey district, Phnom Penh. The course will start when the COVID-19 crisis ends.

He said the organisations also agreed to build the China Ready Centre (CRC) in the Royal Academy. In addition to this, both institutions will set up research study, training and actual implementation of skills in the tourism sector.

“The RAC has to manage and expand research into science in all sectors and collaborate with the research of relevant government entities, national and international organisations and development partners,” he added.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said the MoU is crucial to giving impetus to and expanding  cooperation and partnership in pushing skill-training in the tourism sector, human resource development and research into tourism in order to drive the industry forwards and transform Cambodia into becoming an attractive place for all to visit Cambodia.

Like the rest of the world, Cambodia’s tourism sector is also affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Tourism has put much effort into releasing some urgent measures to stabilise and sustain tourism-related businesses in the country.

“Strengthening tourism services is needed. Therefore we have to think about the training and skill development of the professions to equip them to their full capacity in providing better services to people who visit the Kingdom,” Khon added.

“In the training framework and human resource development in the tourism sector, the Ministry of Tourism has been working hard to develop human resources by issuing one perspective called “One staff One Skill” through up-skilling and re-skilling to align with local, regional and international standards,” he added.

“I strongly believe that this MoU will be another effective tool in promoting cooperation on tourism vocational training and human resource development and tourism research between the Ministry of Tourism and the Royal Academy of Cambodia, an institution for training and developing intellectual resources in Cambodia,” he added.

According to a ministry report, the arrival of foreign tourists dropped by 65 percent to 1.18 million in the first seven months of this year.

Chinese tourist numbers dropped by 78.7 percent to 275,673, while tourists from Vietnam, the United States and South Korea were also recorded as declining by 55 percent, 59 percent and 62 percent respectively over the same period.

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