Siem Reap in Cambodia, located a few kilometres away from Angkor temples, is welcoming its first edition of the French Week, an event which does not only highlight business opportunities with France but also French products and the strong presence of France in Cambodia tourism and hospitality industry as well as in cultural fields.
The event is organised by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the French Embassy in Cambodia as well as a special committee created for that purpose. A French Village is being set from March 7 to 10 in the gardens of the Royal Residence, next to the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, in the city centre.
“A true cradle of Khmer culture, Siem Reap is a must-see because of its heritage and also its ability to welcome the whole world. French entrepreneurs in the city are the ones who came up with the concept of the French week. This original event is a unique occasion to showcase to the inhabitants of Siem Reap and to visitors the savoir-faire of French entrepreneurs who, for some, have lived here for many years, combined with the Cambodian savoir-faire, traditions and materials”, explained French Ambassador to Cambodia, Eva Nguyen Binh.
Every day, from 3pm to 9 pm, some 50 French companies and organisations will showcase to Siem Reap locals as well as visitors France’s skills as well as the numerous activities done in partnership with Cambodia. France has been particularly supportive to revive cultural traditions and heritage such as textiles, sculptures, paintings as well as the restoration of the magnificent temples in Angkor. It plays also an active role in the field of education, medicine as well as in tourism.
The French Village will have a photographic exhibition about l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (French School of Far East Arts) and will organise activities including film projections, cultural conferences, French gastronomy tasting as well as a fashion show.
Among the French companies involved in the tourism and hospitality fields are Angkor Balloon, Angkor Artwork, Artisans Angkor Boheme Consulting Hospitality, Cambodia Airports Authority, Colorblind Asia, École d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule, École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Phoenix Voyages, Raffles Grand Hôtel d’Angkor Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School, Senteurs d’Angkor, Sofitel Cambodia, Soieries du Mekong and Viroth’s Hotel.
French tourists are the tenth largest inbound market for the Kingdom. From January to November 2017, Cambodia welcomed 148,000 tourists from France, up by 11.3% over the same period of 2016.