Update: 18:05 | 28/10/2020
(BGO) – Community based tourism (CBT) is one of tourism products preferred by many visitors. In several districts of Bac Giang province, the CBT model has been established to draw travel lovers to gain local experience. However, it need the active participation from all people to effectively tap the CBT potential.
Increase professional property
In 2014, the provincial People’s Committee issued Project “Developing CBT in Bac Giang province in period 2014 - 2020”. Basing on it, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (DCST) coordinated with several agencies and districts to issue the Plan of CBT development to form the CBT site in Na O hamlet, An Lac commune (Son Dong district); Ven village in Xuan Luong commune (Yen The district); organize survey and training courses to the managers and local households as well as visit tour to learn experience in some provinces; provide blanket, mosquito-net, signboard and toilet accessories.
The art troops for community based tourism in Na O hamlet, An Lac commune (Son Dong district).
In Na O hamlet, An Lac commune (Son Dong district), CBT site opened to welcome visitors. According to Vu Ngoc Huan, Director of An Lac CBT Service Cooperative, the Cooperative has established several groups of then singing, herbal medicine growing, environment cleaning, tour guide and accommodation.
At the destination, the visitors can enjoy the fresh air together with the natural beauty of spring, waterfall, primitive forest; live and exchange with local people as well as taste special dishes of the ethnic people.
In Ven village, Than Truong Cooperative has 20 members households. It invested to build some stilt houses to host visitors. In peak occasion, the destination welcomed thousands of visitors every month, many of whom came from other provinces. However, there are few participating households in the tourism service chain while the local people yet to boldly invest to the facilities and service supply.
Create mechanism and attraction
CBT is now considered new trend to diversify the tourism products. Apart from An Lac commune (Son Dong district), Xuan Luong commune (Yen The district), the CBT model with fruit orchard in Luc Ngan district initially attracts visitors, especially on harvest seasons of lychee, orange and pomelo.
Visitors experience tea harvest in Ven village, Xuan Luong commune (Yen The district).
Recently, the provincial People’s Committee (PPC) has issued Plan to support the CBT development in period 2021- 2025 to establish CBT development cooperatives in several localities to create jobs for local people, increase their income from tourism activities.
In the end of 2025, the CBT sites and orchard areas strive to welcome at least 1 million tourist arrivals per year including 10,000 foreigners with estimated revenue of 450 billion VND (19.5 million USD) and average growth rate of 25 percent per year.
Implementing the Plan, the PPC will support 18 CBT sites (9 in Luc Ngan with fruit orchards, 3 in Son Dong, 3 in Yen The, 2 in Luc Nam and 1 in Viet Yen) with total expenses of over 21 billion VND (910,000 USD) to help them hire consultant to build CBT site, instruct and train the skills of communication, cooking, management and buy equipment and tools for art performance, make new boats, life buoy, revamp the traditional and cultural houses...
The CBT not only helps the locals protect the ecological natural resources but also preserve and promote the local unique cultural identities.
To effective implement the CBT development in line with set plan and programme, apart from the supporting mechanism, the localities should further boost up the communication to raise the local awareness about the CBT with the local people as master, define the responsibility of the organization and individual clearly during implementation.
Preferential policies must be granted to the CBT households in term of loan access while investing to build and revamp the road to the CBT sites, closely coordinating to the experts, consultants with rich experiences on CBT development and travel agencies to take the visitors to local destinations which help effectively tap the potential of local special tourism, improve the material and spiritual life of the people, create more jobs to local labourers and boost up the socio-economic growth.