Ep 71: Community-based Tourism in Thailand, with Charlotte Louwman-Vogels

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22 May 2021 • 33m00s

This week, Gary and Hannah chat with Charlotte Louwman-Vogels, CEO of Fair Tourism, a non-profit foundation based in the Netherlands that does commendable community-based tourism (CBT) work in Thailand.

During this intriguing chat, Charlotte discusses how she assisted the Kayan tribe in Huay Pu Keng to transition from being a commercial show village into a self-sustaining tourism community managed by the locals themselves.

She discusses the role that tour operators and DMCs can play to support and promote sustainable tourism so that it empowers rather than exploits local communities, and how Fair Tourism is working with university students in destinations ranging from Australia to Kenya and Jordan.

Charlotte also addresses the emerging challenges for CBT during the pandemic and beyond, and the role young people can play in making transformational tourism more meaningful for hosts and visitors.

Show Notes

Fair Tourism website

Fair Tourism Facebook

Fair Tourism Instagram

Fair Tourism LinkedIn

Fair Tourism YouTube

Virtual tour of Huay Pu Keng HERE.

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