Community-Based Tourism or ‘CBT’ aims to generate income for local communities, whilst promoting local culture and traditions. CBT committees help to ensure that tourism is managed fairly for the benefit of the local community. A rotation system guarantees a fair distribution of benefits and parts of the profit are re-invested in local development projects, such as infrastructure, education or support for the elderly and less fortunate.
In 2006, Khiri Reach, together with GIZ set up a CBT project in Sambor Prei Kuk, Cambodia, roughly halfway between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Khiri Reach supported the development project through funding, giving technical advice, quality control and human capacity building.
Khiri Travel encourages its guests to visit this community, which provides sustainable income for around 600 families. When visiting Sambor Prei Kuk, you have the opportunity to spend the night in one of the 9 home-stays in the area. Local guides can organize a cycling tour through the 7 villages, along rice fields and cashew farms. The highlight of the area is the temple ruins of Isanapura, which date back to pre-Angkorian times and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors have the opportunity to be part of local life for a day or two, cooking with their host family, visiting the handicraft center, or stopping at the local market. Income generated through tourism is used for waste management projects, rebuilding and maintaining roads, new water projects or providing school material for children from poorer households. The main goals of the community is to share their culture, traditions and heritage, while at the same time, creating jobs and providing income.
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