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Japan Provides Training to Cambodian Masseuses to Prepare for Japanese Tourists

SIEM REAP: The ASEAN-Japan Center is continuing to work with the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia to provide training courses for spa and massage wellness professionals in Siem Reap to prepare for Japanese tourists.

The opening ceremony of the second training course for spa and massage professionals was held on Monday morning, 9 January 2023, at the Sanctuary Residence in Siem Reap. The Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism, Pak Sokhom, and the Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Japan Center, Kunihiko Hirabayashi, also took part in the meeting via online video conference.

Secretary of State Pak Sokhom said that this training course is very important to enhance and strengthen the capacity of Cambodian spa and massage professionals to provide improved services and expertise to guests.

He said that this training is in line with the ASEAN Spa Professionals Competency Standards, and Cambodia is receiving support from member countries to develop the ASEAN standard curriculum for the spa profession.

The Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Japan Center also emphasized that this training will contribute to strengthening the skills of spa and massage professionals who were unable to do their work during the Covid-19 pandemic, and will help to refresh their knowledge and skills, aiding the restoration of tourism in Cambodia again.

He stated that spa and massage professionals require an understanding of the body’s nervous system and muscular system to provide both therapeutic services and comfort to guests.

Currently, within ASEAN Tourism Cooperation, under the framework of the Mutual Recognition Agreement on ASEAN Tourism Professionals (ASEAN MRA-TP), member countries are working to promote the training of 32 skills in the field of hotel and hospitality services. ASEAN will integrate six skills in massage and spa operations, and an additional 32 skills in meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE). In total there are 70 skills that need to be trained and recognized under common regional standards, in accordance with the law.

The ASEAN-Japan Center has previously cooperated in training spa and wellness skills in Phnom Penh, which concluded in December 2022.

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