“Good Tourism” news from Asia

“Good Tourism” posts based upon, or inspired by, interesting stories and feature articles from Asia; especially under-reported stories or those covered by non-industry media. The “GT” Blog will often summarise a story and link to the original source thereby encouraging coverage of sustainable tourism and/or responsible tourism news and practices.

Rural tourism: Delighting tourists, developing communities

Rural tourism in the Philippines at Banaue Rice Terraces.

At the Second International Rural Tourism Conference held in Anji County in Huzhou, China, July 16-18, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released its report on International Rural Tourism Development: An Asia Pacific Perspective. Sponsored by Huzhou City, the report presents best practices and successful strategies in rural tourism development throughout Asia Pacific and showcases the […]

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Philippines tourism development & how to avoid more Boracays

Prominent Filipino writer and economist Dr Bernardo M Villegas is encouraged by the preliminary draft of the next Philippines tourism development plan because of its intent to develop low-density, community-based, and nature-based tourism and to promote the use of green technologies. However, in this “Good Tourism” Insight, Dr Villegas urges authorities to look to Spain […]

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Is orphanage tourism a form of modern slavery?

Orphanage tourism and slavery. Tonle Sap, Siem Reap, Cambodia: A little girl making money for her family by posing with a snake in a water village of Tonle Sap Lake. Source: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Cccefalon via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tonle_Sap_Siem_Reap_Cambodia_Girl-begging-for-money-with-snake-01.jpg

Many travel & tourism professionals are coming to believe that orphanage tourism is at best a problematic means to generate income to support children; at worst a form of modern slavery. Slavery!? Modern slavery is widely practiced in the tourism supply chain of developing countries, according to Australian academics Joseph M. Cheer, Kent Goldsworthy, Leigh […]

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Cambodia vows to expand & improve community-based ecotourism services

Cambodia community-based ecotourism. Cambodia hard work in the rice paddies. Kevin Evans/AusAID, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACambodia_-_Working_in_the_rice_paddies_(10678730813).jpg

An inter-ministerial working group has vowed to expand and improve Cambodia’s community-based ecotourism services, reports Khmer Times. Tourism Minister Thong Khon said there are about 2,000 fishing and forest communities nationwide, but only a few are serving the tourism sector. “Some areas are trying but are not running proper tourism services, while we think there […]

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Mission vision: Accessible, inclusive tourism for the visually impaired

Accessible and inclusive tourism for the visually impaired. Training.

A truly accessible and inclusive tourism industry should view people with disabilities, such as visual impairment, the same as anyone else—as a potentially lucrative market segment and a productive and innovative human resource—according to A Lajwanti Naidu in this “Good Tourism” Insight. Sensory organs play a vital role in life. Among them, eyes are probably […]

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Not so happy: Bhutan’s dysfunctional tourism strategy

Bhutan tourism is not so happy

The reality of Bhutan tourism is more gross dysfunction than gross happiness, according to Dr Rieki Crins, founder of the Learning Exchange Foundation and the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, in this “Good Tourism” Insight. Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom famed for its Gross National Happiness development model—which was even mentioned in the American […]

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