New initiatives to boost community-based tourism in Cambodia

community-based tourism in Cambodia The Diplomat
Sam Veasna Center works with eight local communities in Cambodia to promote bird watching and other ecotourism activities. Image courtesy of Sam Veasna Center.

While most visitors to Cambodia are still struggling to find the perfect spot to capture the sunrise of Angkor Wat among the crowd, some have already heard the call of the local community and found their tranquility there.

Over the past few years, more and more Cambodian communities in the rural areas have become willing to open their homes to visitors, inviting visitors to get a taste of the local culture or to explore the wildlife in the country.

Unlike general tourism, which is mostly organized by private tour operators, meaning the bulk of the profits leave the community, these Community-Based Tourism (CBT) and Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) projects are managed by local communities themselves or with the local communities strongly involved in the decision-making process. The profits thus benefit local communities directly, improving their community development.

This is an excerpt from an article originally published on The Diplomat.

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