Services Category: Accommodation
Xuan Lan Homestay were the second family in Sung Village to join the Da Bac CBT project. Before joining the project the couple were farmers, raising livestock and growing bodhi trees. Their income was very limited, which made the family’s life difficult. Thanks to the support of Da Bac CBT, the family set-up a homestay as a way to increase their income.
“We are thankful for the project, to Action Poverty and the CBT company for supporting and helping my family improve our conditions and hospitality skills.” – Mr Xuan
When Mrs Lan visited the other homestays she thought that her family would never be able to run their own homestay because they didn’t have the experience or the capital. However, with the encouragement of other CBT members and the support of the AOP team, they have succeeded and have since served many guests. They hope to keep improving the service skills and hope that more and more people come to visit them.
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.)