“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.

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

Advertise Here 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 […]

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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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Child sex tourism goes suburban, rural, online

Child sex tourism is moving away from red light districts and into the suburbs and country areas, and online.

Working undercover in bars and brothels across Southeast Asia to combat child sex tourism and slavery, campaigner Kevin Campbell has posed many times as a tourist looking to buy sex with a girl. But these days, Campbell, who works for the anti-trafficking group The Exodus Road, says it is far less common to see young […]

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Coalition promotes Child Safe Tourism in Myanmar

Myanmar coalition promotes Child Safe Tourism

While the world observes the troubles between the Rohingya and their neighbours in Myanmar, the Union’s tourism ministry and the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute (MRTI) are working with UNICEF to promote Child Safe Tourism. According to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MoHT), since July 31: “… surveying and holding awareness campaigns are being undertaken […]

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Afghan travel agent helps women study abroad

Afghan travel agent is giving Afghani women educational and career opportunities abroad

An Afghan travel entrepreneur is hoping to inspire a new generation of women by using her agency to help female students secure places at universities in Turkey, Russia and Europe and then break into male-dominated careers. Marjana Sadi (pictured above), 21, set up Banoo Travel Agency in a market in central Kabul nearly a year […]

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September 13, 2017

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