Neal Bermas Special Advisor (Social Enterprise) Linkedin-in External-link-alt What excites you about the Mekong Region? Simply put, what doesn’t excite me about the region? Since my first visit 20 years ago, the sites, smells,…
Business Development Representative – Cambodia
What excites you about the Mekong Region?
I was born and raised next to the Mekong River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During my education and while working in the hospitality and tourism industry, I have experienced the different people in the region. The ways they live their lives, their cuisines, the different ways they communicate, and the way they enjoy having a fun and peaceful time when going to many amazing places. It is exciting that the Mekong Region is developing into a region that takes care of the environment. More and more Eco-friendly resorts, tourism communities, and experiences are being developed. Visitors to the region should travel out of the tourism centres and visit the less travelled paths, for example, visit a community farm in the Kampong Cham province or take a night river cruise along the Mekong River and visit local markets, and purchase locally made handicrafts.
Tell us about your Background
I started my career in the hospitality industry in 2013 with a three-year Vocational Training Degree in Front Office management at the PSE's Hotel School in Phnom Penh, and I achieved a bachelor's degree in Hotel & Tourism Management in 2014. Afterwards, I worked in the front office and sales & marketing departments at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, at Hanchey Bamboo Resort located in Kampong Cham province, and at the Ibis Budget Phnom Penh Riverside Hotel. I am also happy to be a PSE school ambassador and Business Development representative for Destination Mekong.
How do you want to make an impact for the region?
The Mekong region shows how many different cultures live and interact with each other. It connects not only people from our surrounding countries but is also home to people from Europe, America, Australia, and Africa. It is a region where we learn how to become better by inviting others to experience other cultures and homes. To me, it is an honour to welcome travellers telling everyone about this amazing place to engage them to visit again and again.