The government has given the green light to five small-scale ecotourism projects in Prek Tnort commune, southwestern Bokor town, Kampot province, in Preah Monivong Bokor National Park.
The move is designed to create employment opportunities and create considerable force behind tourism improvement initiatives, in line with the government‘s master plan and other development regulations.
On October 25, Environment Department Secretary of State Neth Pheaktra said the projects would unlock the region’s tourism potential, open up new avenues for job creation and improve residents’ livelihoods.
Pheaktra was speaking at a meeting with representatives of the five developers. Companies investing in the area are currently limited to a single development not exceeding 5 ha.
Ecotourism is an important segment of the tourism industry, he said, adding that strict and mixed-use protected areas have been instrumental in supporting the sector during the Covid-19 crisis.
Cambodian vacationers have made numerous trips to national tourist attractions and ecotourism sites in recent times, boosting local economies and creating new jobs for the people, as part of concerted efforts to strengthen efforts to protection and conservation of natural resources. resources, âsaid Pheaktra.
On October 26, the director of the provincial tourism department of Kampot, Soy Sinol, told The Post that the national park has the “greatest potential” for natural tourism in Cambodia, as an ecosystem power on the coast, with rich biodiversity and distinct climates.
He expressed his support for the projects, agreeing that the transformation of some areas of the park into recreational ecotourism sites would result in attracting more national and international tourists to the region.
“We need to further diversify tourism products to meet the demands of travelers, and to manage and develop the region – as a priority task – to be profitable for the sector,” he said.
Ho Vandy, advisor to the Cambodian Association of Travel Agents, said ecotourism, agrotourism and creative tourism in the Kingdom have developed rapidly.
He said ecotourism investments in the park, which has remained a tourist hotspot since the French colonial period, would help attract more tourists, aided by a tropical climate that brings mild and conducive weather to life and day trippers to relax.
But Vandy argues that other forms of investment should be allowed in Bokor, much like in Kirirom National Park, to potentially entice more retirees and older guests to stay in the area and move on. relax for a while.
He believes that a boom in ecotourism and creative tourism would boost the region’s attractiveness, underpinned by its long-standing and healthy reputation.
“Therefore, the construction must take into account any impact from the perspective of residents and tourists, not only to maintain its splendor, but to ensure that the development is in line with the master plan and other government plans,” said Vandy.