“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.

China pledges another three years of ‘toilet revolution’ to boost tourism

China pledges another three years of 'toilet revolution' to boost tourism

China announced on Sunday plans to build and upgrade 64,000 public toilets between 2018 to 2020 as part of its “toilet revolution” aimed at boosting tourism and lifting the sector’s contribution to economic growth. China has been keen to develop and expand services industries to move away from debt-fueled and investment-driven growth, while offseting the […]

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The “Good Tourism” Podcast #2: How to be a plastic-free hotel in 15 minutes

plastic-free hotel

Advertise Here As co-founder of the not-for-profit Refill NOT Landfill in Cambodia, Christian de Boer claims a hotel can obliterate its reliance on plastic water bottles in about 15 minutes. All it takes is willpower, a signature, and a willingness to absorb or pass on about a dollar a day per guest. With more than […]

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Going off track to find the right path for Himalayan tourism

Vandana Vijay’s Offbeat Tracks launched in 2016 to spread the concept of experiential travel and sustainable community-based ecotourism in India, especially among rural communities in the Himalayas. In this “GT” Insight, Ms Vijay offers examples of how she translates her travel & tourism philosophy into action. Over the past one year we have worked inch […]

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From tourism to coffee, young Thais blend profit with social good

Young Thais like Aliza blend profit with social good, from tourism to coffee

Six years ago, Somsak “Pai” Boonkam drew up a plan with two villages in northern Thailand for tourists to stay with local families and immerse themselves in hill-tribe culture. The aim was for the villagers to see some financial benefit from their country’s multi-billion-dollar tourism industry. Pai was sure it would be a hit with […]

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Thailand to help neighbours with community-based tourism

Thailand to offer CBT help to Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan leveraging examples such as Ban Rai Kong Khing

Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) has agreed to help develop community-based tourism (CBT) in Laos, Cambodia, and, possibly, Bhutan. According to the Bangkok Post, “this will be the first time the three countries are working closely with Thailand specifically on CBT development, after joining forces on cross-border tourism, logistics and connectivity, and […]

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#TravelEnjoyRespect video: “Beyond the great horizon”

#TravelEnjoyRespect video "Beyond the great horizon"

The National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), Malaysia has released a video promoting #TravelEnjoyRespect to help convey the message of how tourism can contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 3.5-minute music video (embedded below) was the concept of Pacific Asia Tourism Managing Director Steve […]

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