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MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 • Page 53 sHINTA MANI rEsorT Junction of oum Khun and 14th streets, siem reap, Cambodia T: (+855) 63 761 998 W: http://shintamani.com these students out of poverty.” And it makes solid commercial sense as well. At shinta Mani, us$5 from every room booking goes towards supporting the Foundation. For general manager Christian de Boer, this is an essen- tial part of creating the emotional resonance the hotel inspires in its guests because they feel they are part of supporting the commu- nity just by being here. And it’s a response that translates into an outstanding TripAdvisor presence, which also generates more business. shinta Mani has just been nominated the third Best Hotel in the World in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. “By helping our guests to connect with the community in an effective and informed way, we can provide continuous local moral and unTWO and unESCO stage Siem Reap meet UNWTO and UNESCO have staged their first joint conference on tour- ism and culture in Siem Reap. Cultural tourism is a fast-grow- ing sector in the industry, and the choice of Si-em Reap on the borders of the Angkor Archaeological Park as the venue for this inaugural event was apt, according to Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO. “I can hardly think of a more fitting place for this than Cambodia, and the stunning city of Siem Reap,” she said. Heritage Suites Hotel financial support to initiatives that we know work because we have seen the results,” said olovsson. As both hotels employ graduates of the vocational training programs, the guests see the results from the moment they step foot inside the doors of the hotels, thanks to the warmth and sincerity of the smiles that greet them on arrival. HErITAgE suITEs HoTEl Near Wat Po lanka, slokram village, Khum slok Kram, siem reap, Cambodia T:+855 (0) 63 969 100 W: www..heritagesuiteshotel.com Held at the Sofitel Angkor Pho- keethra Golf and Spa Resort, participants explored different roles and mandates on five key topics – governance and partnership models, cultural preservation, living cultures and creative industries, cultural routes and urban regeneration through cultural tourism. “It clearly shows that Siem Reap is not only a protected World Herit- age Site, but also a serious MICE destination that has the hotels, infrastructure and sup-port to host such an international event,’’ said one attendee.