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Cambodia's Tourism Ministry to launch Green Hotel Initiative

Cambodia's Ministry of Tourism is set to launch its Green Hotel Initiative- an energy efficiency, water efficiency and recycling benchmark for Cambodia's hotels. Though it is not yet planned to be a compulsory to adopt the standard, the president of the Cambodian Hotel Association has already spoken out in favor of the initiative and has called for all hotels to adopt the standard.

Cambodia's Tourism Ministry to launch Green Hotel Initiative

Cambodia's Tourism Ministry is set to announce a new "Green Hotel" standard in an effort to push more eco friendly holidays in Cambodia. While, it will not be compulsory for Cambodia hotels to adopt the standard, the local government is working towards an industry wide benchmark for energy and water efficiency, recycling as well as a benchmark for the minimum amount of green space available at each hotel.

Cambodia's Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon underscored the value of his government's eco friendly initiative and highlighted the fact that more and more travellers are opting for eco friendly holidays, he said:

"The purpose is to encourage accommodation service providers to start thinking about energy and water saving and creating a greener space to cut down pollution from their operation to comply with ASEAN policy towards green tourism destination. More tourists are now well aware of green-friendly and environment protection. They tend to choose a place with green standards to stay at".

Given the strong business case for adopting an eco conscious approach, the president of the Cambodian Hotel Association, Luu Meng, has spoken out in support of the Green Hotel Initiative calling for all local hotels to adopt the standard. He commented:

"The private sector should look at this standard and participate to turn their hotels into greener spaces, especially new hotels. It will cost more money to build a green hotel than a normal hotel, but they have long-term benefits."

Cambodia has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Southeast Asia in recent years, however, this year it would appear that Cambodia's tourism industry is experiencing somewhat of a slowdown. Recent data has shown a modest five per cent increase in arrivals during the first half of 2014 when compared to the same period last year, this growth pales in comparison to the 13 to 26 per cent increase observed in H1 of every year from 2010 to 2013.

Perhaps the government's Green Hotel Initiative will help breathe new life into the country's tourism industry and put Cambodia on the top of the list of "must see" countries for eco conscious holidaymakers.

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