Rural tourism helps poverty alleviation in SW China

Southwest China’s Yunnan Province has been trying to make the best use of local landscape, to help poverty-stricken people in mountainous areas. The practice, though not the most critical measure in poverty alleviation, has shown its effectiveness. Yingjiang, a far-flung southwest county in the province, is making efforts and has many examples in the sector. […]

Mekong Tourism Forum innovates by integrating rural villages as conference venues and stimulating dialogue

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION This year’s Mekong Tourism Forum in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand hosted themed strategy workshops in eight different ethnic villages in an effort to partner with local villagers to maximise tourism opportunities. BANGKOK, August 20, 2018 – The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has become known for innovative ways of organizing conferences in […]

Thailand’s Community-Based Tourism achieved GSTC Status

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)  announced that the Criteria for Thailand’s Community-Based Tourism Development, published by Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA), has achieved the ‘GSTC-Recognized Standard’ status. The Criteria for Thailand’s Community-Based Tourism Development (CBT Thailand) has been used as an important tool for continuous planning, operating and evaluating outcome of community-based […]

Tourist arrival to CBT villages in southern Shan State on the rise

Arrivals of international tourists in community based tourism villages of Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone townships in southern Shan State are on the increase, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. The Nyaungshwe and Kyauktalone townships received winner awards at a tourism fair held in Berlin, Germany. Now, more foreign tourists are coming to Pao ethnic […]

Tourism development for ethnic minority

China is helping develop the tourism industry in the region of an ethnic minority in Yunnan Province. The Wa people mainly reside in the counties of Cangyuan and Ximeng in southwest China’s Yunnan on the China-Myanmar border. Much ancient culture and tradition is well preserved among the ethnic group. In Ximeng County, many local tourist […]

Lijiang and Wenhai Community-based Ecotourism

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The World Heritage Site of Lijiang Town is one of the Mekong’s crown jewels and a must see. A stay in the old town for a couple days allows one to enjoy the unique architecture of the Naxi people, one of the indigenous people of Yunnan Province. Many visitors to Lijiang also include in their […]

Myanmar tour operators advocate community interests

Communities must be kept at the heart of community-based tourism (CBT) projects if they are to thrive, said tour operators, as Myanmar announces three initiatives slated to open next year. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism revealed that it will work with communities in Ma Kyone Galet Salone, a sea gypsy village in Kawthaung, Don […]

Thailand with a difference: Community-based tourism

“Can you see KL?” a Thai journalist shouts out, as a Malaysian travel writer takes to the skies on a giant wooden swing by the edge of a cliff. Of course, he was just ribbing as there was no way you could see Kuala Lumpur from there, unless you had superpowers. After all, we are […]

Community-based Tourism Key to Chin State, Myanmar: Minister

Myanmar’s Chin State, and its picturesque north in particular, is worth a visit, according to Jared Downing, writing for Frontier Myanmar. The region is home to an almost untouched land of sweeping ranges, hidden valleys and rustic villages. But the state has almost no proper hotels, limited mobile phone coverage, and most of its roads […]