With 5.6 million visitors in 2017, tourism is the second-largest revenue-generating sector in the Cambodian economy. However, Cambodia’s growing attractiveness is hindered by a significant shortage of qualified manpower. In order to reach the target of 7.5 million tourists by 2020, the sector would require 500,000 additional professionals.
To respond to this challenge, AFD is supporting the Ministry of Tourism to create two training institutions for the tourism profession, one in Phnom Penh and one in Sihanoukville. These schools will provide initial and in-service training for 1,300 students per year. The training courses are designed according to the needs of the workforce in the relevant areas. The private sector will be consulted and such courses will be aligned with ASEAN training standards.
Skills training for employees will improve the productivity and competitiveness of Cambodia’s tourism sector vis-à-vis other ASEAN countries. The first national vocational training schools for tourism will also ensure the sustainability and consistency of the programmes (in line with ASEAN standards). The development of public – private dialogue will ultimately offer a better match between the training offer and the needs of economic operators in the tourism sector.