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Building a stronger and more sustainable tourism sector in Cambodia

Jan 28, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the tourism industry in Cambodia. The ILO and Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism are collaborating on entrepreneurship trainings in order to recover sustainably, improve working conditions and build back better.

On 25th to 27th of January 2021, the ILO and Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism (MoT) organized a three-day training for facilitators on entrepreneurship in the tourism sector. The training on the ‘Methodology of Training on Entrepreneurship in the Tourism Sector’ brought together 45 participants (15 females) who learned key business and entrepreneurial skills to build back the industry. 


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, Cambodia’s tourism sector has been heavily impacted. Strengthening the capacity and conditions of SMEs in the industry is crucial for sustainable recovery as the ministry looks to restart tourism after the crisis. The training, held in Phnom Penh, taught ILO’s Community-Based Enterprise Development (C-BED) programme, an innovative business development project for aspiring entrepreneurs in underserved communities. The peer-learning programme teaches critical steps to build and develop a business, as well as strengthening decision-making, planning and finances. The activity-based learning methods of training builds on the experience of fellow participants which ensures flexibility to the evolving needs of industry and workers during difficult times.


Participants learned how to facilitate their own sessions and pass on vital entrepreneurial skills to the wider tourism community. By expanding the quantity and quality of professional entrepreneurial skills in the industry, the tourism sector can recover and become more resilient in the future.

“Together we think, we collaborate, we take responsibility to support the new business start-up in Tourism Sector in Cambodia”, said Mr. SRO Rithy, participant of MoT facilitator training. 

MoT and ILO acknowledged this training was aligned with and contributed to achieving the Strategic Plan for Tourism Human Resource Development 2017-2025, especially the Strategic Plan for Restarting Tourism 2021-2025. The participants of this training programme will deliver practical skills and knowledge to tourism business operators in different provinces with using the new training method of activity-based learning. MoT and ILO will continue working together to sustainably improve entrepreneurship in the tourism sector along with the ongoing direction and action plan for future.


This activity was supported by the Decent Employment for Youth in Cambodia programme, which is a UN joint programme primarily funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), as well as the ILO/Japan Fund for Building Social Safety Nets in Asia and the Pacific (SSN Fund).

To learn more about C-BED and activity-based learning, click here.






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