The Ministry of Environment and Tour Guides Association are working together to better manage tourism in protected areas.
Minister Say Samal said that he held a meeting with tour guides to also identify more protected areas which had the potential for ecotourism.
He said tour guides had to look for areas highly valued for biodiversity conversation which could safely be turned into ecotourism spots through well-managed tours which do not harm the environment.
He said that ecotourism is a new trend in Cambodian society and helps build the local economy, adding that the ministry will pay more attention towards ensuring the safety and health of tourists, deal with emergencies, sanitation management and cleaning up the environment at protected areas for the long-term benefit of future generations
“Nowadays, Cambodians have changed their mindset to love the environment more and are visiting to more protected areas,” Samal said.
He also said that trips to these natural areas have encouraged park officials and communities to pay more attention to the protection and conservation of natural resources and contribute to the economic well-being of the people in the community.