Cambodia event explores innovative ideas for eco-responsible hospitality and tourism

ASSET Conference in Cambodia

ASSET Conference in Cambodia

Registration is open for an event in Cambodia which brings hospitality and tourism professionals together to discuss innovative ideas for sustainability in the sector.

ASSET-H&C is the Association of Southeast Asian Social Enterprises for Training in Hospitality & Catering. This platform brings together vocational training centres willing to work together to better fulfil their shared social mission: bringing positive change in the lives of vulnerable youths and adults by teaching them trades that will allow them to successfully integrate into society.

Launched in 2016, ASSET-H&C aims to become a key regional player in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector as well as in sustainable hospitality and tourism.

As of today, 14 schools have joined ASSET-H&C as members. They are located across five countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Every year, all ASSET-H&C members gather for a two-day seminar in order to share and exchange good practices, challenges, ideas and experiences. The last part of the seminar is a public conference, open to the members’ respective networks and to all interested professionals. It will take place at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia, on December 7th, between 2pm and 6.30pm.

You can register to attend here.

In 2017, ASSET-H&C members agreed on the theme “Innovative Ideas for Eco-responsible Hospitality & Tourism”. It is a relevant way to end the 2017 “Year of Tourism for Sustainable Development” and it would be strongly correlated to the launch of the “Ecospitality initiative” within ASSET-H&C – which is about raising awareness and favouring action to reduce collective environmental footprint in schools and among students of the hospitality sector.

The global objective of the conference is to inform the network about ASSET-H&C and its members, and to replace their action into the broader regional economic and social context, while inspiring and broadcasting solutions to build a greener tourism sector as a whole.

The programme of the day is as follows:

2:00-2:30PM       Arrival and registration of participants/ Welcome coffee

2:30-2:35PM       Welcome Note

2:35-2:50PM       Opening Speech

2:50-3:30PM       PART 1: “Green schools & skills: building the next generations of responsible tourism professionals”

  • Presentation of the Ecospitality Initiative
  • Presentation of the Eco-Schools Project and shared tips by ASSET-H&C members
  • Presentation of the Guide for Eco-Schools and Eco-Students project

3:30-3:40PM       Questions & Answers

3:40-5:00PM       PART 2: Eco-responsible practices & partnerships for tourism businesses

  • Tourism & environment in South East Asia: what is at stake?
  • Shared best practices by tourism professionals and local organizations: energy use and carbon emissions, water consumption, food and landfill wastes, …

5:00-5:10PM       Questions & Answers

5:15-5:30PM       Keynote Speech

5:30-6:30PM       Networking cocktails

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