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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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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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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