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Trustee Jo shares some honorees of her work colleagues

Thomas and Jo with Lieutenant General Meas Savan

Having worked in the responsible tourism field over the last few years in Siem Reap Trustee Jo is delighted to share some honorees bestowed on her work colleagues.

Firstly, Thomas (Jo’s husband to be) and Dayvy (Office Manager) were recently awarded the prestigious Royal Order of Sahametrei by Royal Decree of His Majesty the King of Cambodia. Secondly, The Soria Moria Boutique Hotel is one of top three finalists  in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the section of Community Benefit.

The Royal Order of Sahametrei is an honour presented by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia by Royal Decree of the King of Cambodia to those who have rendered distinguishable services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services or as a token of friendship.

The award was signed by the Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akkak Moha Sena Padey Dekjo Hun Sen, and presented by Lieutenant General Meas Savan at a ceremony at the Military Handicap Development Center (MHDC) Phnom Kulen, Siem Reap.

Thomas, Dayvy and Jo with the assistance from Fiona Reeves and her team at Antipodeans Abroad have helped the local community develop the military Handicap Center.  Located 40 minutes drive from Siem Reap town center, near Phnom Kulen, MHDC operates a public school, school library, a medical clinic with physiotherapy room, and offers social housing for ex-military, who have been injured during their course of service in the National Cambodian Army, and their families.

Secondly, huge congratulations to Kristin at The Soria Moria Hotel and the staff who has been nominated for a Tourism for Tomorrow Award! They are up against two other properties and we look forward to hearing more news in 62 days time when the awards will be announced in a ceremony held in Tokyo.

H.O.P.E and the Soria Moria Hotel have a long working relationship as they have always been open and willing to support the young adults in our programmes. Offering work placements in either Front Office positions or in the restaurant or kitchen roles.

Currently, there are young adults from both Sangkheum Center for Children and Anjali working and gaining vital skills in the hotel trade.

Supporting many responsible tourism initiatives in Siem Reap and in most cases being the first to do so, Soria Moria truly, in our humble opinions, deserves the award!

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