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
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 […]Read More Cambodia vows to expand & improve community-based ecotourism services
UNESCO and the World Bank signed a new MoU about cities last week to “advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an integrated manner”. As the consultants and spin doctors of the world lick their lips—and institutional bookshelves and cloud servers standby to supply storage for their expensive output—in Venice […]Read More Meanwhile, a young couple promotes authentic experiences
The Caribbean region’s sustainable tourism efforts need to step up after members of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week recognised 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and promised to empower community leaders to contribute positively to local and regional tourist products. According to a TeleSUR report, ACS Secretary-General Dr […]Read More Caribbean sustainable tourism efforts need to step up
Tourism in the Darjeeling Hills and Dooars has the potential to thrive under a “Gorkhaland” state administration, according to an article by Jaideep Mazumdar for Swarajya. These Indian territories, which are currently under West Bengal state administration, are “richly endowed” with natural beauty and biological diversity. With some control over tourism development planning and market […]Read More Would Gorkhaland tourism be better for the Gorkhas?
The most important factors influencing the success of community-based tourism (CBT) projects in Myanmar are “community organisation and management support” followed by “tourism product development according to market needs”. The main reasons for failure are “top-down approach by development partner and/or private sector partner in which the needs and ideas of the community are not […]Read More Ownership, inclusion key to community-based tourism