Huay Pu Keng – Thailand

Discovering the first and only Karenni village in Thailand that made the transition towards community-based tourism

Indigenous people were vulnerable to exploitation and could not benefit fully from the tourists visiting their village. Income from tourism had to be shared and the community solely served as a photo object. Interaction with visitors was not facilitated and
therefore hardly ever happened. Hence, the touristic product was not used to its full potential and both the community and the guests did not enjoy the situation as much as they could. The solution was to implement CBT, capacity-building training to the community members on specific topics, such as gender equality, destination development, and management of tourism activities were provided. Indigenous people can offer workshops to highlight their talents and skills by involving the tourists in the crafts-making process and creating authentic products. Additionally, developing these workshops is to
portray every community member’s real-life story and personality fully, so visitors can get to know the people behind the rings and their history as refugees. Among others, the benefits are e.g. over ten DMCs and their overseas agents have started offering CBT activities in Huay Pu Keng, high-quality and authentic workshops derive outstanding achievement, bringing satisfaction on both ends and creating a meaningful experience etc.

Keywords: Destination Management Policy or Strategy, Tourism Action Plan, Intangible heritage, Respecting authenticity, Indigenous intellectual property, Promoting sustainability among enterprises Community-based tourism community-based tourism, indigenous people, activities, community members

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