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 […]

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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

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 […]

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Elephant tourism: The harms of received wisdom

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 […]

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Sri Lanka & Thailand slapped on biodiversity day

Yala leopard. Source: Amila Tennakoon https://www.flickr.com/photos/lakpura/15654125258

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 […]

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How to make a hotel green & responsible: Get on with it!

How to make a hotel green & responsible: Just do it!

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 […]

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