19.06.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Community-based tourism development in Triem Tay Village

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Quang Nam Province, 12 June 2014 - Triem Tay is a village located near the well-known Hoi An World Heritage Site and surrounded by several tourist attractions, such as the Kim Bong wood carving and Phuoc Kieu bronze casting villages. The community-based tourism development initiative in Triem Tay has been launched as an effort led by the People’s Committee of Dien Ban District, with the support of UNESCO and ILO as its main international partners providing financial support, technical expertise and best practices.

As part of a project funded by Lux-Development and the UN’s One Plan Fund, a workshop was organized today by UNESCO and ILO, in coordination with the People’s Committee of Dien Ban District in Quang Nam Province, to explore the potential for community-based tourism (CBT) development in Triem Tay Village.

Participants included representatives from relevant governmental agencies of Quang Nam and Dien Ban, private enterprises, particularly local travel agencies, and local communities in Triem Tay who are interested in developing products and services for the tourism market. The most important part of the workshop was the group discussion to analyze potential products and services that Triem Tay could offer to tourists, major concerns regarding infrastructure and policies as well as local communities’ aspirations and capacity to participate in this project.

“I hope that this village will become a better place for my son to settle down. If the infrastructure is going to be improved, landslides would no longer be a nightmare and tourists would start coming to share our peaceful life here. It would be great,” said community member Mr. Nguyen Su.

A short walking tour around the village was conducted before the workshop to give all participants a broad picture of the village including its people, landscape, and the current economic situation. Following were presentations by government officials on the advantages and disadvantages of community-based tourism and experience sharing from independent consultants on the successes of the model and lessons learned from other villages in the region.

The local government is developing a plan for Triem Tay Village’s community-based tourism development which is in line with the new master plan of the whole district and its economic development strategies for the next five years. Local communities and travel agencies are to be further consulted during this process.

However, as pointed out by Mr. Le Chi Thanh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Dien Ban District, “This is not going to happen overnight. It takes time - perhaps a long time, perhaps a 5-year or a 10-year period - to turn this village into what we all hope to see: not only an established attraction for tourists but also a culturally well-preserved and eco-friendly place for local villagers. Yes, it is a long way to go, but if we do not start today, we will never be able to get there.”

 

For more information, please contact:

Duong Bich Hanh

Culture Programme Coordinator

UNESCO Ha Noi Office

23 Cao Ba Quat, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi

db.hanh@unesco.org




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