Services Category: Accommodation
This is the fourth homestay at Da Bia Village, owned by Lo Thi Trang. Trang was born in 1994 and lives with her parents. The homestay has a fantastic view over Hoa Binh Lake. Trang began welcoming guests in January 2018.
Trang and her mother, Ms Dinh Thi Yeu, are active members of the CBT project in Da Bia Village. After a period of time working as the project coordinator and attending many training sessions, Trang and her family bravely opened a homestay for themselves. The young owner is proud of her hometown’s history, culture and landscape. She wants to preserve and promote their cultural identity and contribute more to the development of sustainable tourism in the area.
”When welcoming tourists to my house, I can talk to many people from all over the world and learn more about many different cultures. I feel more confident. The income from CBT has greatly improved the lives of my family.” – Ms Trang
Ms Trang’s goal is to continue improving her language and hospitality skills. She hopes to be able to communicate fluently in English with international guests. She hopes more and more visitors will come and experience Muong Ao Ta culture at Lake View Homestay!
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.
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.
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.)