Impact Hub Phnom Penh launched a Khmer Tourism for the Future incubation program, to provide support for startups and businesses in the tourism sector hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the next 8 months, the programme will help entrepreneurs with environmentally friendly businesses to lead the way in sustainable tourism. The initiative aims to impact the domestic tourism sector across Cambodia and present alternative models of doing business focusing on the domestic market.
Anyone with a prototype, startup in the tourism sector, with an idea how to help people in the community, or how to promote local tourism, can apply for the initiative.
Applications for the programme are open until 7 September 2020.
“Khmer Tourism for the Future program intends to support early-stage entrepreneurs in the tourism sector through business masterclass, mentorship, networking, and fieldwork, which supports both KE’s prioritized sectors and activities,“ said Dr. Chhieng Vanmunin, CEO of Khmer Enterprise, in support of the project.
As part of the program, the entrepreneurs will have access to funding, those selected to join the ‘Incubation Phase’ will have a chance to pitch for a grant award from Khmer Enterprise. They will participate in workshops, coaching, field trips, mentoring and networking.
“Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Cambodia’s economy, but has quite possibly been transformed forever. It is now, during this period of uncertainty, that we must come together to re-imagine what the future of tourism can and should look like, and build or pivot our startups and businesses to prepare for this future,” said Olivia Hough, Managing Director of Impact Hub Phnom Penh.