Passion + Purpose = Prosperity: Pollock to Keynote MTF 2017

Travel & tourism industry “visionary” Anna Pollock will keynote Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 (MTF 2017) “Prosper with Purpose”. Ms Pollock has undertaken seminal work in many aspects of tourism and is currently addressing ways of mitigating the negative impacts of “over-tourism”; looking at models of destination development that “generate higher yields with less impact”. These […]

Cambodia Pursues Clean, Green Tourism

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the country’s hospitality sector to increase the use of locally-grown produce at tourist destinations to improve rural economies. Emphasising the country’s green tourism policy, the PM told local media that “clean” and “green” were trends that needed to be adopted for the benefit of the economy and […]

The Woman Who Weaved a Thai Community Together

Villagers of Ban Na Ton Chan community in Sukhothai’s Si Satchanalai district describe Sangiam Sawaenglap as kind, caring and diligent. She is the force behind the success of her village, regarded as a role model for community-based tourism in Thailand as well as an ecotourism destination. More than 30 years ago, Sangiam was a typical […]

Bangkok Tourism Questions Chao Phraya Promenade Project

Bangkok’s tourism sector is worried the Chao Phraya Riverside Promenade Project will have adverse impacts on the local economy and local business owners are concerned that the plan would degrade the scenery and charm of the river and affect the number of visitors to the city. The River Assembly (RA) last week hosted a meeting […]

Ethnic Yunnanese Celebrate History in Northern Thailand

The village of Mae Salong in Thailand’s mountainous northern frontier is home to thousands of ethnic Chinese; descendants of Kuomintang soldiers, mainly from Yunnan, who retreated south after the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. The Chinese of Mae Salong continue to celebrate their colourful history as a way of maintaining their distinctive […]

Thoi Son, Vietnam Emerges as Ecotourism Hotspot

As well as a famous fruit-growing area, Thoi Son Island in the Mekong Delta is now also a must-see ecotourism destination, according to VietnamNet Bridge, thanks to local residents’ efforts to use the area’s natural features to develop tourism. The island is considered a “green tourism area” and welcomes more than 400,000 tourists every year, […]

Secrets of Laos’ Muang La Hot Spring

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

I had heard that the Muang La hot spring was nicely done, but didn’t realize what it really had to offer until I made my own visit. My first visit was actually a failed one because I did not heed the directions on the website that the resort only accepts advanced bookings of two nights […]

Myanmar Tourism Launches Six New CBT Projects

Community-based tourism is being introduced in six villages around Myanmar: Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, Loikaw Township in Kayah State, Thantaunggyi in Kayin State, the Pa-O region of southern Shan State, Myaing Township in the Magway Region, and Mingun in the Mandalay Region. The projects are being sponsored by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, […]

Thailand’s TAT Looks at “CSR Tourism”

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has teamed with nine business partners to give 10 small communities a boost through a “corporate social responsibility (CSR) tourism-outing initiative” that aims to generate annual income of Bt1 million for each community in 2017. The “Village to the World” project empowers local people to strengthen their communities; creates […]

Cambodia’s Community-Based Tourism Experiment

There are currently 66 Community-Based Tourism (CBT) and Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) projects across Cambodia, according to a recent brochure published by Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism. Cambodian communities in the rural areas have increasingly become willing to open their homes to visitors, inviting them to get a taste of the local culture or to explore the […]