World Bank to target support for PNG community-based tourism

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 Bay and […]

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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

Advertise Here 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cambodia vows to expand & improve community-based ecotourism services

Cambodia community-based ecotourism. Cambodia hard work in the rice paddies. Kevin Evans/AusAID, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACambodia_-_Working_in_the_rice_paddies_(10678730813).jpg

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 […]

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