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PHNOM PENH – Women are playing an essential role in making Cambodia a safe, green and clean tourism destination, a senior Tourism Ministry official says.
Hun Dany, Ministry Secretary of State, said women had an important role in the development of tourism through administrative, service, business and hospitality activities.
The ministry considered women a potential driving force and indispensable stakeholders who actively contribute to improving the living standards of families and communities.
“Women in tourism have participated actively in clean city activities, sanitation, aesthetics and improving the quality of products as well as services in tourism,” the secretary of state said.
World Express managing director Ho Vandy said women played vital roles to promote tourism because of their friendly and welcoming characteristics.
Vandy said the highest number of women were employed in tourism after the garment sector, which contributed to the national economy.
“Women are flexible, pay more attention to providing services through their words, actions and smiles to customers,” he said.
Among World Express's 30 staff, 70 percent were women, a reflection of women's contribution to the tourism sector.
“Tourism cannot be developed without women because they are born with potential characteristics. We just train them a bit more,” he said.
Women also train their children directly in hospitality so Cambodia has more resources in terms of training in services such as food and bakery.
Cambodia Association of Travel Agents president Chhay Sivlin said, “Women have been involved in designing tours to promote culture, art, tradition, religion and potential tourism areas, participating in hospitality, food, tourism products and souvenirs, and building good relationships, so that tourist will remember good deeds from Cambodia. ”
She said the government should provide more opportunities for experienced women to participate in national leadership and advocacy and be encouraged, because even in difficult circumstances, women are still resilient to play an additional role in the family.
The ministry has implemented programs to strengthen the capacity of women and stakeholders through 11 training sessions, workshops and meetings with a total of 813 participants, including 653 women in nine months of this year.