This week we are having another Resposible Tourism Course again here in Babel Guesthouse. This time it will be held for the Norwegian employees at Soria Moria Boutique Hotel, Richard Eide Sundal and Gina Svartor.
Three years ago, Soria Moria and Quality Hotel Expo, Fornebu, Norway joined forces and initiated an employee exchange program: Cambodia – Norway Exchange for Sustainable Tourism.
Each year 2 employees from Soria Moria will be able to spend 12 months working in Quality Hotel Expo, while 2 employees from Quality Hotel Expo will spend 12 months working in Soria Moria Boutique Hotel.
Richard Eide Sundal has background as a chef in Norways finest gourmet restaurant, with two stars in the Michelinguide. He has also competed in prestigious contests around in Norway. Now he is a chef at Soria Moria, helping to improve the kitchen – to suit western standards. Gina Svartor studied Marketing at Lillehammer University College, and worked at both Clarion Collection Hammer Hotel and Quality Expo Oslo. In Soria Moria she is now in charge of sales and marketing. The first day we will spend all day with a non-for-profil social enterprice called ConCERT. They do training to help people help – the right way! Both Babel Guesthouse and Soria Moria are certified by ConCERT, our staff received training through them.
The second day we will do a presentation here at Babel guesthouse, about backsides of tourism. We will discuss the phenomenon “orphan tourism” and other scams going on, not only here in Siem Reap, but in third world countries all over the planet. They will learn more about both Babel Education Program and Soria Moria´s Educational Development Program, and learn about the different Universities and schools we work with.
Here is a little video that describes Babel Education Program:
Next on the program is a presentation by Amy McLoughlin about PEPY tours. PEPY Tours has received recognition at several prestigious responsible tourism awards because of their great work with offering educational “eye-opening” tours – that makes a difference.
Amy McLoughlin is a sustainable tourism adviser, and she is one of the founders of Ayana Journeys. (the groud manager of all PEPY Tours experiences in Cambodia). We are very much looking forward to hear all about Ayana´s philosophy and all their different tours and educational adventures.
After lunch we are visiting the luxury hotels Shinta Mani Resort & Heritage Suites. Both Hotels have many similarities with Babel Guesthouse and Soria Moria in terms of how we work with responsible tourism and environmental initiatives. For example, like Babel and Soria Moria, both Shinta Mani and Heritage have good cooperations with Sala Bai Hotel School. The third day we will start with a presentation by Michelle Morin, the founder of Possibilities world. Possibilities world is an international consulting company dedicated to bringing innovative training sollutions, organizational effectiveness strategies, and leadership development to the public, private and non-profit sectors.
The last presentation is by Daniel Astbury, Marketing and Sales Advisor at Friends International. Friends International is a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures of the most marginalized children & youth, their families and their communities in South East Asia and across the world.
In Cambodia Friends International has several different projects to help protect Children. For example, ChildSafeMovement initiative offers training for Tuk Tuk drivers, staff at hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, cafees and tour companies – in Child Safe Policy. They do campaigns to create awareness for not only tourists and expats, but also for Cambodian families all over the country.Both Babel Guesthouse and Soria Moria are proud to be Child Safe certified. Every year we receive new training from Child Safe. Last year, in addition to our 14 staff at Babel, all our 14 Tuk Tuk drivers also received training and are now Child Safe certified.We at Babel Guesthouse are very passionate about spreading the word about Responsible Tourism, so we are very much looking forward to this little introduction course next week! We are excited!
Here is a little video from our month course in Responsible Tourism at Babel: