Huu Thao Homestay

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  • Huu Thao homestay offers guests an impressive view over Hoa Binh Lake with a nice breeze and fresh air.
    The house can accommodate up to 12 people. Hữu was initially like ‘a fish out of water’ when welcoming guests and preparing food for them. Like other Da Bac CBT homestay owners, Huu has received hospitality training and now his confidence and skills have improved dramatically as he welcomes guests with open arms.

    “In addition, I learnt from each visit to be more confident in hosting and interacting with guests. I hope that the CBT project will become a new and sustainable source of income for not only my family but also the surrounding villagers.” – Mr Huu

    The homestay owners Huu and Thao live with their parents and two-year old daughter Tram. Huu and his parents use to work as farmers, earning the majority of their income came from maize, bamboo and fishing. Both Huu and Thao were previously working far from the family home and were forced to spend long periods of time away from their daughter.

    Huu’s mother, Ms. Chi, noted that her family and neighbours now have a better understanding about community-based tourism and its potential to improve their living standards. They all support the project as it offers them the chance to learn from one another as well as improve the local environment. Hữu feels proud to be a pioneer of this new model for income generation. He understands that difficulties and challenges await him, but also many opportunities to improve the lives of his family members.

    The Da Bac Community-Based Tourism (CBT) project is located in Da Bac District, Hoa Binh Province, Vietnam. The project is initially funded by Dr Vance Gledhill and since 2016 partially financed by Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). It is supported by Action on Poverty (AOP) and has been operating since July 2014.

    The goal of the project is to alleviate poverty for ethnic minorities in Da Bac, creating sustainable livelihoods, preserving their culture and environment through the promotion of CBT. The aim is to develop new business opportunities and tourism practices that encourage equitable distribution of profits and provide sustainable income to the community.

    Specific Objectives

    Identify and establish partnerships with appropriate stakeholders, such as local communities, local authorities, travel agents and tour operators in order to benefit from their experience, support and involvement;
    Research, select, and develop the most appropriate cooperation model for the community;
    Design value proposition, products and services based on the results of a previously-conducted market analysis;
    Provide project stakeholders and beneficiaries with the knowledge, skills and assets necessary for the development of CBT projects in the region;
    Develop appropriate marketing strategies;
    Share and promote best pro-poor practices and experiences.

    Key Interventions

    The project supports local people with access to credit as well as capacity building for the provision of tourism service:

    funds to renovate their houses and convert them into suitable homestays.
    training courses that equip local people with the skills to run tourism business activities (cooking courses, welcoming guests, travel safety, art performances, and knowledge regarding sanitation and environmental protection, etc.)

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  • Social solidarity profile description:

    Community-Based Tourism (CBT) is a responsible and inclusive form of tourism that involves local people in all stages of decision making.

    CBT provides visitors with a real insight into local life, in which local communities are directly involved in tourism activities, receiving economic benefits while protecting the environment and local culture.

    CBT enterprises generate local job opportunities. CBT can help change the local job structure and improve labour quality in local areas, and reduce outward migration from rural areas to cities.
    CBT contributes to increased income for local communities, especially in remote areas where poverty is more pronounced. This is critically important as it reduces human pressures on local natural resources and landscapes.
    CBT contributes to restoring and developing traditional cultural values and crafts, including the protection of natural resources and the environment to create cultural and economic exchanges.
    CBT promotes equality by providing opportunities and benefits to communities regardless of members’ participation in providing tourism products or services. Some of these benefits may include better transportation, electricity, improved access to freshwater and telecommunication.