PHNOM PENH, 1 October 2015: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism says it will focus on so-called green tourism to support the country’s objective to establish sustainability.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying the kingdom was looking at ‘green tourism’ as the next level of improvement in Cambodia to achieve sustainability and national accountability.
“To achieve the goal, all relevant sectors should pull together to implement the country’s green concept.”
Deputy Prime Minister Sok An added that green tourism does not only mean that the country is covered with green trees and plants. It also looks into tourism businesses operating with as a lower threat on the environment.
For example, Southeast Asian countries produce tons of plastic water bottle that contain BPA a substance that harms health, while the water sold is often not as pure as tap water.
Is there a hotel or tour operator in Cambodia offering an alternative to plastic bottled water?
The spa and wellness industry uses so-called herbal treatment lotions and gels that are laced with chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer. A check of spas across ASEAN would show that most of the products used are made using chemicals that linked to long-term health risks.
Even the definition of “organic food” touted by green resorts is ambiguous and as the photo in this reports illustrates elephants rides remain a popular tour option but they are no longer considered a green activity.
Last year, Cambodia attracted 4.5 million international tourist arrivals increasing 7.0% from 4.2 million in 2013.