“There is an extreme lack of human resources in this field because only 18 young people can be trained each year in this centre under the funding of Switzerland,” he said, adding that stakeholders should focus on training as well as infrastructure.
Cambodia’s tourism sector goes from strength to strength. From 2.1 million arrivals in 2008 to 3.5m in 2012, and already an increase of 19% in 2013, Cambodia is becoming a decidedly important tourist destination.
Industry experts expect 5 million international tourists will visit Cambodia in 2020, but Cambodia finds itself struggling to deliver skilled staff – especially outside of the major centres of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
North-east Cambodia is a fast becoming a staple of the Cambodian tourist trail – once limited to Siem Reap’s Ankgor Wat and Phnom Penh. Recent years have seen a significant rise in a wide variety of travellers, tourists, backpackers, and families – all hoping to catch a glimpse of the critically endangered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphin and desire to experience a more authentic Cambodia than Siem Reap’s Pub Street, or the luxurious disconnect offered at the premium hotels of Phnom Penh.
Demand for small scale tourism which is conscious and respectful of the environment, and which also primarily benefits the community, is growing.
Kratie is ideally located to take advantage of this interest in eco-tourism, and Le Tonlé is perfectly positioned to provide tourist services as well as crucial human resource development. Along with the need for accommodation and skills development, CRDTours caters specifically for travellers who want community based eco-friendly tours.
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