Tour Agents Smart at Siem Reap Jacket Plan

Travel agents, hotel and taxi associations in Siem Reap province said Friday they were unhappy with a plan by provincial authorities to introduce a special security jacket which must be worn by people providing transportation services in the tourist town.

More than 1,000 jackets—containing identification numbers, police phone numbers and the driver’s name—have been sold at $6 each to taxi drivers in Siem Reap town. The jackets have been introduced to stem at­tacks againt tourists by crim­inals posing as taxi and motorcycle-taxi drivers.

Kim Phally, president of the Tourism Transport Association of Siem Reap, said many guides and hotel drivers have uniforms and that the jackets are an unnecessary expenditure.

“We already have our own uniforms that are issued by the provincial department of tourism. We should not have to wear double; a shirt and jacket,” he said.

Transport association members and 17 travel agency companies have filed a complaint to Siem Reap Tourism, Kim Phally said.

“Wearing this jacket looks like a prison uniform,” he added.

Koy Song, director of Siem Reap Tourism, agreed that some tourism industry workers would not have to wear the security jacket over their company uniforms. But they are still obliged to buy a jacket, he said. The drivers should buy a jacket and hang it inside their vehicles, he added.


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