To give itself the means to operate effectively in the
field, the Department of Tourism has seen to the drafting
and introduction of a number of regulations:
- A circular on the management of free park entrance
tickets, signed by the Minister of State, the line ministry
of the APSARA Authority, and the Minister of Economy and
Finance which was given a large distribution through the
national newspaper. It sets forth the criteria for the
granting of unpaid access to the temples and cuts down
on the issuing of complementary tickets.
- A set of recommendations for visitors has already appeared
in the form of folders given to visitors by the DRS and
its contents will also be displayed on information panels
posted at the ticket booths and in front of the monuments.
- Standard domain occupancy and film shooting contracts
have been prepared, based on a contract used in France for
the management of shows and the making of motion pictures,
videos and picture taking. Such contracts have been in use
since the year 2000.
- Numerous rules for the internal management of the department
have also been written up.
- The visitor regulations have been appproved by the different
departments since July 2001 and are now in the process
of being finalized by the Chairman.
Other basic pieces of legislation for management of the
site will very soon be submitted to the technical directorates
and concerned provincial authorities for their consideration:
- A circular on the obligations of tour guides operating
in the monuments, developed by the provincial authorities
in charge of tourism and the APSARA Authority.
- Traffic regulations for the park.
- Tour operator regulations (travel agencies, guides,
- Regulations to protect the name and corporate image
of Angkor now being drafted with the assistance of UNESCO.
- Information documents for visitors.
It must be pointed out that the regulations governing
tour operators require the passing of a tourism law by
the government. This law will provide the basis for developing
further legislation for the management and supervision
of the various tourism-related trades.