“Bakong Community, My Village” Is a New Tourism Product on the Territory of Siem Reap Province! Minister Thong Khon Shows Fully Support and Requests Related Authorities to Additionally Support on Community.
(Siem Reap): In accordance with tourism policy and the vision of the royal government wanting Siem Reap province to have new tourism products in addition to the world heritage sites, now “Bakong Community, My Village” has been beautifully developed on the territory of Bakong commune, Prasat Bakong district enabling to serve for almost all requirements of domestic tourists. The Bakong Community, My Village has been opened for domestic tourists for over a month ago, and receives remarkable support from tourists which this has contributed significantly in promoting tourism sector and driving internal tourists in time the world as well as Cambodia has been facing COVID-19 crisis. The presence of this tourism community receives the full support from H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, minister of tourism and Mr. Ngov Sengkak, director of Siem Reap provincial department of tourism, Mrs. Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA), administration of Bakong district and from Bakong commune as well. In a conversation ceremony with the people of (Bakong community, my village), in the morning of 02 October 2020, H.E. Minister Thong Khon said that, to make community has stability is needed of having participation from the people as much as possible and the incomes needed to be shared equally to them means that any work you done, the income must be got from those works, by those who work less will get less, and those who work much will get much. Whenever the community practices an accurately income sharing, the people will get decent incomes enabling to deal with matter of livelihood, the people will not immigrate to anywhere and they would serve in tourism with the community with happiness and harmony. His Excellency recommended the head of community to need to focus on hospitality in the community and need to provide qualified tourism services, while serving staffs need to have friendliness; the words need to be appropriately said to tourists. H.E. Minister Thong Khon also instructed the provincial department of tourism to need to help further community especially on the human resources training (the selection made from direct locality), on the hospitality, and other services provision, and services quality because services are the tourists attractiveness. On the other hand, the matters of sanitation, environment and garbage are needed to seriously considered means that in the communities are to have been no garbage, environment is to be clean, the foods and using materials need to be constantly hygiene. H.E. emphasized as long as hospitality, service quality and sanitation are well processed, and the communities will be able to attract more and more tourists and will contribute to disseminating better Siem Reap provincial tourist destinations. Along with this, Minister Thong Khon had also asked APSARA Authority, Siem Reap provincial administration and provincial department of tourism to continue supporting the (Bakong Community, My Village) in order to make a better tourism product more progress and has sustainable, innovative and high responsible development – need to be in consistent with a concept “Development Serves for Conservation; Conservation Serves for Development”. H.E. Dr. Thong Khon showed the hope that a joint development will be benefits for the local people to have better livelihood onwards, and will conserve a national heritage property here as well. Mr. Soth Suor, president of Bakong Community, My Village, said that the purposes of the establishment of this community are to:
- To promote Prasat Bakong area tourism potentialities through connecting the Prasat visiting with rural landscape forwards to attracting tourists to visit more and more.
- To inspire the local people to create the agricultural products, vegetables, fruits, and animal feeding and the souvenir products available in the locality to sell for tourists, to create direct incomes, to enhance community livelihood, to reduce poverty and immigration.
- To enhance sanitation and clean environment in the community, contribute to promoting and implementing movement “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service and Best Hospitality and Feel the Warmth”. Mr. Soth Suor added that Bakong Community, My Village has started to prepare itself step by step since 2010. Up to now, the community has varieties tourism services and food services, of which there are: foods and beverages, water-side shops, boat taking, garden for kids, camping, looking ancient instruments, looking daily cultural tourism program, fishing, grilling fishes and meats, roasting corn and potatoes, buying vegetables, fruits, souvenirs and agro-products of the local peoples. Beside of this, the community prepares many other entertaining programs during festival season such as lion fighting performance, Chapey, Theater, Yike and dancing performances which all of these are the cultural identities of the Khmer nation since the ancient time.