Re­gional tourism meet to aim for more pro­fes­sional train­ing

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

THE sec­ond edi­tion of a con­fer­ence on the mu­tual recog­ni­tion of pro­fes­sion­als in the tourism in­dus­try across ASEAN mem­ber states will take place in Ph­nom Penh’s Sokha Ho­tel on June 20-21.

The first it­er­a­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion Arrangement on Tourism Pro­fes­sion­als was held in In­done­sia in 2016.

The Mu­tual Recog­ni­tion Arrangement on Tourism Pro­fes­sion­als, also known as MRA-TP, was adopted in 2009 as a key ini­tia­tive to sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of the ASEAN Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity, with its main ob­jec­tive be­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the mo­bil­ity of cer­ti­fied tourism pro­fes­sion­als across the ASEAN re­gion.

This year’s edi­tion will fo­cus on boost­ing hu­man re­sources in the tourism in­dus­try to aid the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tor, ac­cord­ing to Try Ch­hiv, deputy di­rec­tor at the Cam­bo­dian Min­istry of Tourism.

Four top­ics will be dis­cussed in depth at the con­fer­ence, he said, namely the chal­lenges in pro­vid­ing qual­ity train­ing pro­grammes, the ASEAN MRA-TP and other le­gal frame­works, recog­ni­tion of ASEAN qual­i­fi­ca­tions, and fu­ture goals in train­ing the sec­tor’s work­force.

The con­fer­ence is ex­pected to at­tract over 1000 at­ten­dees, and will be joined by speak­ers from a num­ber of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies, in­clud­ing the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank, and the In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mr Ch­hiv said.

Cam­bo­dia was cho­sen to host the con­fer­ence at the re­quest of the ASEAN Sec­re­tar­iat and mem­ber states, Mr Ch­hiv said, point­ing out the king­dom is one of the most suc­cess­ful na­tions in the re­gion when it comes to im­ple­ment­ing the MRA-TP, as well as a model for fel­low ASEAN mem­bers in terms of the de­vel­op­ment of its tourism in­dus­try.

“We will share our ex­pe­ri­ence and achieve­ments in de­vel­op­ing our tourism in­dus­try,” Mr Ch­hiv said.

“What we ex­pect to get out of this con­fer­ence is to find com­mon ground among all par­tic­i­pat- ing coun­tries when it comes to the di­rec­tion we should take to de­velop the tourism sec­tor in the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly draft­ing ef­fec­tive pol­icy to face fiercer com­pe­ti­tion abroad and man­ag­ing the rapid pro­gres­sion of tech­nol­ogy in the sec­tor,” he said.

Mr Ch­hiv said that to de­velop the sec­tor sus­tain­ably, tourism of­fi­cials and the pri­vate sec­tor need to work to­gether to cre­ate ef­fec­tive train­ing for tourism pro­fes­sion­als. – Kh­mer Times

Tourists visit the an­cient tem­ple of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap prov­ince. Photo: Kh­mer Times

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