Track 6 – Responsible Tourism: Community-based Tourism (6A) & Child Protection (6B)
Track 6: Responsible Tourism
Responsible tourism requires that everyone with a stake in tourism – operators, hoteliers, governments, locals, and travellers – take responsibility. Responsible tourism is about “making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit”. This track explores two aspects of that multi-faceted challenge.
Session 6A: Community-Based Tourism
Community-based tourism (CBT) is a form of responsible tourism that supports local communities and improves livelihoods, where community members themselves manage the destination. This session draws on successful case studies and discusses how sustainable CBT models can be developed that may help protect a place and support livelihoods.
Living Land – The Living Land community enterprise was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming commonly used in Laos. The founders share their land-friendly knowledge and methods with local farmers, government departments, educational institutions, and students. Tourists can enjoy a half-day rice experience in which they perform with their own hands every stage of traditional rice production. Living Land’s Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the rice fields and mountains in the distance, will be the venue for a fascinating interactive session.
Session 6B: Child Protection
According to ECPAT, more children than ever are at risk of being sexually exploited by travellers and tourists. And no country is immune. The explosion of the internet and mobile technology has given perpetrators anonymity and hidden pathways to seduce children via social media and internet-based games. Furthermore, new travel and tourism services like home-stays, voluntourism, and the sharing economy have increased this anonymity and heightened children’s vulnerability. This session will inform how to collaborate in combating child exploitation.
Chantavinh Resort – Chantavinh Resort is located on the opposite side of the Mekong River from Luang Prabang, near Ban Chan village. Ban Chan is famous for its pottery. To get to the resort, MTF 2017 delegates will take a short ferry ride across the river during which they can enjoy the late afternoon sun. On the boat ride back, the sun will be setting over the Mekong.