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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Meanwhile, a young couple promotes authentic experiences

overtourism Venice

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 […]

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Caribbean sustainable tourism efforts need to step up

Caribbean sustainable tourism. Sunset on Manzanillo beach, Margarita island, Venezuela. By Hector Darío, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASunset%40Manzanillo_Beach%2C_Margarita_Island%2C_Venezuela.JPG

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 […]

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Would Gorkhaland tourism be better for the Gorkhas?

Would Gorkhaland tourism benefit from independence? Pro-Gorkhaland independence posters, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. By Adam Jones via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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 […]

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Ownership, inclusion key to community-based tourism

By Christopher Michel (https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmichel67/8273723151) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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 […]

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