(HBO) – Community-based tourism has been opted by many localities in Hoa Binh province as the model has spurred sustainable development, generated more jobs and helped to raise living standards of ethnic minority groups.

It has also contributed to preserving the ecological environment as well as traditional cultural identities of local ethnic minority people.


A Pao homestay in Pa Co commune, Mau Chau district, offers space for visitors to experience daily activities of Mong ethnic minority people.

Statistics show that before 2015, the province had 105 homestay establishments, including 15 in Cao Phong district and 20 in Tan Lac district. The quality of the homestay facilities has been improved significantly, with affordable prices.

To promote the model, Hoa Binh has rolled out programmes on tourism promotion. Local homestay establishments have also been assisted with equipment and household utensils, the organisation of art programmes, and the preservation of traditional cultures and costumes.

Through the funding of the national target programme on new-style rural area building, Hoa Binh has helped the localities to promote their brand names and "One Commune, One Product” (OCOP) products.

Training courses have also been held to equip local residents with tourism knowledge and skills.

Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Bui Xuan Truong said community-based tourism has remarkably contributed to the locality’s tourism revenue, with international visitors accounting for 34.8 percent, and domestic holiday-makers, 65.3 percent.

To further boost the model, the province has implemented a project on community-based tourism development in combination with new-style rural area building by 2030.

Accordingly, Hoa Binh will focus on mobilising resources for community-based tourism, developing model homestay establishments, building infrastructure, and stepping up the communications work./.


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