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
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 […]Read More Thailand to help neighbours with community-based tourism
The “received wisdom” about elephant tourism that keeps conscientious travellers away from elephant-based attractions is doing more harm than good, according to elephant expert John Roberts in this “Good Tourism” Insights contribution. The last decade or so has been a very confusing time for anyone watching captive elephants in Southeast Asia. A tradition that has […]Read More Elephant tourism: The harms of received wisdom
The former Director-General of Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) questioned whether Yala National Park can sustain tourism numbers skyrocketing more than 1,000% in seven years – from 48,368 visitors in 2008 to 545,007 in 2015. Dr Sumith Pilapitiya was tackling over-visitation and its consequences on biodiversity at an event to mark the International Day […]Read More Sri Lanka & Thailand slapped on biodiversity day
John Morris Williams, General Manager of the Luang Prabang View Hotel in Laos, shares a little of his 28 years’ experience initiating and driving common-sense measures at hotels and in host communities. Mr Williams makes it clear that he favours real action over expensive certification, believing that supply chain partners and guests are capable of […]Read More How to make a hotel green & responsible: Get on with it!