Community-based Tourism

Kelimutu: Sustaining Parks - and People

Indonesia has a poor reputation for its ecological stance, so any resort that claims it deliberately operates near National Parks to raise visitor conservation awareness is a plus. Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge makes a point of employing local people to extend that awareness into the local community.

Barry’s Place Atauro : In Harmony with Nature in Timor

If you thought Timor Leste was off the beaten track, take a boat ride to the island just an hour or so offshore from the capital, Dili – to Atauro. You will find a place where living with nature is as important as your holiday, and where you can almost feel the spirit of nature.

Bangkok Tree House: The Sustainable Hotel in a Green Lung

A hotel in the centre of a river that you have to walk or row a boat to offers the sustainable traveller one of the best places to stay in Bangkok.

Kerala Launches State-wide Responsible Tourism Initiative

Kerala Launches State-wide Responsible Tourism Initiative

The world’s first statewide responsible tourism (RT) mission has been opened in Kerala, India. Aimed at promoting people-friendly, local community-friendly and environment-friendly initiatives it is tasked with boosting rural development, local employment opportunities and the empowerment of women.

LooLa Adventure Resort: Safer Water for All

LooLa Adventure Resort: Safer Water for All

Going beyond community building and renewable uses, LooLa resort finds a new way to prevent wastewater pollution with a simple but smart garden design, benefiting Indonesian residents in many ways. Mallika Naguran visits the resort in sunny Bintan to find out how.

Village Ways: Improving Rural Livelihoods Through Community-based Tourism

Prerna Shah reports on Village Ways’ journey in building a new eco-tourism venture with demonstrable social outcomes.

Andaman Discoveries - Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards Finalist

Andaman Discoveries in Thailand was born out of tragedy, and formed shortly after the Boxing Day Tsunami when villagers decided that community-based tourism would allow them to generate additional income and support their traditions, culture, and lifestyle. Since then, Andaman Discoveries has been offering various tours (volunteer trips, family holidays, and educational visits for schools) to empower the local community. Their Moken Experience tour supports nomadic communities preserve their culture through responsible tourism.

Mekong Responsible Travel E-Guide Launched

A new online guide shows you how to have a great holiday using boutique hotels, guest houses, restaurants, shops and tour operators that all build positive change throughout Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of China.

Thai Tourism Seven Green Concepts: Green Direction by Tourism Authority of Thailand

New green initiative boosts Seven Green Concepts, conservancy and social responsibility in its 2011 policy from Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Timor Leste: Easy to Get-To, Unspoilt Ecotourism Destination

Travelling to Timor Leste is like travelling back in time to a less frantic age. But getting there is a cinch now that regular air services have started fro Changi, Singapore.

Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 Winners

Wild Asia announces the winners for the 5th Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka at ITB Asia. After months of short-listing the finalists and making site visits to the final six properties and tour operators, Wild Asia’s judging panel has finally selected its 2010 RT Awards winners.