12 Sep 2012
ECPAT Cambodia, the Local Code Representative for Cambodia, conducted several training workshops for the tourism industry in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. On August 2-3, 2012, 44 staff members of the Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, including the General Manager, Director of Training and Development, Front Desk Manager, Human Resource Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, Front Desk Receptionist, Restaurant Manager, Banquet Manager, Club Manager, Director of Housekeeping, Laundry Manager, Director of Engineering, Fitness Manager, Revenue Manager, Credit Manager, and Corporate IT Manager, have been trained on protecting children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. Sofitel Phnom Penh Phodeethra is currently in the process to become a member of The Code and will be the first hotel in Cambodia to do so. On August 13-14, 2012, ECPAT Cambodia organized its 11th capacity building workshop on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism at Apsara Angkor Hotel and Resort in Siem Reap. Participants were 23 tourism professionals, ranging from Front Desk Managers, Human Resource Managers, to General Managers. Since 2009, ECPAT Cambodia has provided training to 122 tourism companies (and 169 staff members) with the aim to encourage them to establish ethical policy to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism and report possible cases to authorities. In addition to the regular training, ECPAT Cambodia has provided training to the hotels that are interested in having their staff trained on child protection.