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Mekong River Homestays

Ban Pak Ngum and Ban Huay Tom, Luang Prabang, Laos

Critical Need

The primary positive social impacts of this collaboration will be increased revenue flow for the community, and the promotion of local entrepreneurs and businesses. Investments into local infrastructure will provide the local partners with the necessary tools and resources to improve the overall quality of their projects, develop sustainable new revenue streams and receive tourists in a professional manner, ultimately increasing their social, economic and environmental impact while generating additional jobs and positive visibility of the community.

Our Involvement

With support of Planeterra and partners G Adventures, CBT-I (The Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute) and Travel Treasure Laos (TTL), we have helped to conduct capacity training to both homestay communities. Training included some further development of their tourism program and its components, including food and hygiene training, product development for the overall experience, interpretation skill-building, and overall education on the tourism industry itself.

Impact

Firstly, the Mekong Community Homestays are increasing their revenue flow to the Ban Pak Ngum and Ban Huay Tom communities, and preserving  their beautiful culture. Investments into the homestay’s tourism service components have provided the local partners with the necessary tools and resources to improve the overall quality of their projects, develop sustainable new revenue streams and receive tourists in a professional manner. Ultimately, this will increase their positive social, economic and environmental impact, all while generating additional jobs and positive visibility for the community.

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