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

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

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 […]

Khlong Yai, Koh Kong Tourism Potential Explored

Since Trat’s Khlong Yai in Thailand and Cambodia’s Koh Kong share a heritage and a border, their potential as tourist destinations is being explored, reports Karnjana Karnjanatawe for Bangkok Post. The sandy beach of Hat Banchuen in Trat’s Khlong Yai district stretches out many kilometres, but there are not many visitors. Apart from a few […]

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 […]