Sanh Thuan Homestay

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  • Sanh Thuan homestay is named after the owner’s children, Sanh and Thuan. The owners, Mr. Duong and Ms. Hoa, are very friendly and welcoming. They are also farmers, cultivating maize, cassava and bamboo. Their eldest son Sanh used to work in a number of locations in Vietnam, but has now returned to his home to develop his skills and capacity to support his parents in managing their homestay.

    Sanh Thuan homestay is located close to the main road in Ke village and beside the Ke spring. The stilt house was renovated in January 2015 and is capable of accommodating 10 people. Sanh, who has been trained in cooking and hospitality, is very excited to be participating in the project. He believes that the energy, landscape and hospitality of the local people are the perfect mix to develop CBT in Da Bac as a means of sustainable poverty alleviation.

    “I felt challenged in the early stages of the project due to the inexperience of my family in the hospitality industry. However, we have learnt a lot through training, interaction with experts and study tours.” – Mrs Hoa

    They are now better equipped and feel relieved due to the support from other members in the community when catering for large bookings. Sanh expects that the model of CBT will benefit their standard of living, but also preserve traditions and customs of the Muong ethnic group.

    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.