Our projects


1. Responsible tourism in Cao Bang & Ha Giang 2015-2019


KEY PARTNERS

    - District People Committees of Hoang Su Phi district and Culture and Information Division of Hoang Su Phi district.

    - Culture, Sport and Tourism Department of Cao Bang province, District People Committees of Trung Khanh and Quang Uyen districts.

    - Tour Operators/ Travel Agencies.

    OBJECTIVES

      - Increase sustainable income for ethnic minority households in selected locations through development of CBT;

      - Contribute to improving environmental conditions of selected communities through waste management and awareness raising;

      - Contribute to preserve traditional cultures of local people in their own rights.


APPROACH

    - Develop market based and pro-poor value chains, Market System Development;

    - Participatory process involving communities, tourism companies, tourism experts and local authorities in the development of community-based tourism;

    - Skill and knowledge development to support tourism communities provide high-quality products and services;

    - Mainstream Economic, Environmental, Social and Cultural sustainability dimensions in project interventions;

    - Promote People – Private – Public Partnership for the development and marketing of tourism;

    - Advocate government authorities to offer enabling policies for the development of tourism.

    KEY RESULTS

     - Almost 1,200 people, 454 are ethnic women, trained on specific CBT skills to participate in tourism business including homestay services, hospitality, cooking, guide, porter, xe-om driver, handicraft, cultural performance, farm experiencing, provision of food stuff for tourism services (vegetable, meat, honey, etc.).

    - 30 different tour programs were developed and promoted on website www.vietnamresponsibletourism.com, while homestay services are on booking.com, Facebook, Airbnb, Traveloka.com and tourism forums.

    - Through the promotion of FAM trips, business linkages established with 30 travel companies, of which 15 companies have sent tourists regularly to the regions.

    - An estimated 8,966 visitors (4,195 international; 4,559 domestic and 212 business travelers) have visited project sites only in 2018.

    - Authorities of both Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang) and Trung Khanh (Cao Bang) have actively participated in CBT and are now leading the organization of annual tourism festivals: BanGioc Waterfall Festival and Hoang Su Phi Terrace Festival.





2. Community-based Tourism Bac Ha


KEY PARTNERS

- District People Committees of Bac Ha; Tourism Information Centre, Culture and Information Division of Bac Ha district, and Women’s union of Bac Ha district.

- Tour Operators/ Travel Agencies.

- Centre for tourism promotion, KOTO, Vocational school, etc.


OBJECTIVES

- Increases in income for selected households in selected communes of Bac Ha through the development of a CBT model;

- The capacities of CBT groups have been developed to manage their operations, market their CBT products and cooperate with travel companies;

- Women have enhanced their economic power and agency and have a stronger voice within their families and communities.



APPROACH

- Develop market based and pro-poor value chains, Market System Development;

- Participatory process involving communities, tourism companies, tourism experts and local authorities in the development of community based tourism;

- Skill and knowledge development to support tourism communities provide high-quality products and services;

- Mainstream Economic, Environmental, Social and Cultural sustainability dimensions in project interventions;

- Promote People – Private – Public Partnership for the development and marketing of tourism;

- Advocate government authorities to offer enabling policies for the development of tourism.


KEY RESULTS

- A sub-project undertaking a market systems development approach to mobilize stakeholders with the essential skills and knowledge for helping women and communities improve business efficiency as well as increase economic and social benefits when they enter the tourism market:

- At least 250 women secure jobs and increased income by providing CBT services;

- At least 200 women have improved confidence and regularly participate in social and community activities;

- At least 200 husbands/fathers of women participate in CBT cooperative groups and all residents in CBT hamlets recognize women’s role in the household economy and community development;

- At least 1,000 persons report improved livelihoods as a direct result of increased income from CBT services provision.






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