New dawn for small-scale sustainable tourism in southern Myanmar

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

A tiny village in the backwaters of southern Myanmar is cleaning up its act and laying out the welcome mat, as Keith Lyons finds during a visit to a remote settlement sharing an estuary with Thailand.   As tourist destinations go, it would be hard to find any place smaller than ramshackle Wae Ngae. The […]

Myanmar: Inclusive tourism development with focus on Kayah State and extension to Tanintharyi Region

Running from December 2017 until June 2021, the International Trade Centre’s NTF IV Inclusive Tourism project in Myanmar is focused on fostering economic opportunities through the development of sustainable tourism products in Myanmar – consolidating previous project results in Kayah State and extending activities to Tanintharyi Region. In addition, the project supports Myanmar’s tourism industry […]

Tourism Authority of Thailand to Launch the Home Lodge Project

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held a press conference at the Lanna Rice Barn in Chiang Mai to launch the home lodge project. The home lodge project is to support and develop local communities to accommodate travelers. The project helps foreign visitors to stay and feel the community-based ways of life of the locals. Tourism […]

Thailand pushing smart agriculture

The Thai government will apply Japanese agritech to upgrade Thailand’s community-based tourism and tackle poverty among farmers. Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, is known for breath-taking scenery, onsen hot springs and ski areas. However, it is also known for its advanced agricultural technology and ecotourism. Agriculture plays a large role in Hokkaido’s economy, […]

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

Proudly contributed by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

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 […]