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 […]

Read More Going off track to find the right path for Himalayan tourism

World Bank to target support for PNG community-based tourism

Advertise Here The World Bank’s upcoming US$20 million Tourism Sector Development Project in Papua New Guinea (PNG) will include “targeted support for community-led micro-enterprises to create jobs, especially for women”. The project will work with PNG government and industry players on an “integrated approach to tourism” in the provinces of East New Britain and Milne […]

Read More World Bank to target support for PNG community-based tourism

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 […]

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

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 […]

Read More Thailand to help neighbours with community-based tourism

Why We Hate Tourism Tours & why you should too

Why "We Hate Tourism Tours" and why you should too

With its provocative name and maverick spirit, We Hate Tourism Tours (WHTT) has attracted plenty of consumer press and travel blog attention since it started facilitating authentic experiences in Lisbon, Portugal eight years ago. In this “GT” Insight, WHTT’s “philosopher-in-chief” Ricardo Oliveira considers WHTT’s unorthodox approach in the context of tourism’s “new reality”. We Hate Tourism […]

Read More Why We Hate Tourism Tours & why you should too

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 […]

Read More Rural tourism: Delighting tourists, developing communities