Groundbreaking ceremony for the first professional high school for tourism

A photo of the first professional tourism school in Phnom Penh. CT

A groundbreaking ceremony for the first tourism vocational school in Phnom Penh was held on November 24 in the presence of Tourism Minister Thong Khon, with another set to be built in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk.

The ministry said the capital school will consist of two buildings of two and four floors, with special facilities for tourism training as well as all that is required of a modern educational institution.

The ministry said that while the school could accommodate some 600 students, it will receive about 300 students for the 2024-2025 school year.

The school will organize four professional training sessions in tourism – hotel and accommodation services, food and beverage services, travel services and tourist services.

Ministry spokesperson Top Sopheak said the construction of the first tourism vocational school is of great importance in training human resources and plays a vital role in developing tourism skills to boost the sector in the world. Cambodia.

“This school will make a significant contribution to tourism, including providing opportunities for young people and the next generation who want to learn skills for the tourism sector,” said Sopheak, who is also the secretary of state in the ministry.

The school will run one-to-two-year training courses to develop skill levels to improve the tourism industry, he added.

The French Development Agency (AFD) has granted 11 million euros (approximately $11.5 million) in loans for the construction projects of vocational schools in Phnom Penh and in the province of Preah Sihanouk, and 1, 5 million euros in grants to strengthen the tourism trade capacity building programme.