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Improving the relationship between World Heritage, tourism and poverty reduction

Sector: Tourism
Country location: Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Grantee: Western Sydney University

Project Description

Led by Western Sydney University and UNESCO Ha Noi, a regional workshop will explore the impact of tourism on poverty alleviation around World Heritage sites. National and international heritage and tourism authorities, government departments and development agencies will discuss issues identified, following investigations in the World Heritage towns of Hoi An, Viet Nam, and Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Household surveys in the villages of Triem Tay, outside Hoi An, and Xieng Maen, outside Luang Prabang, will assess if people in these villages have shared the opportunities of tourism experienced in the near-by World Heritage townships. Both townships located in rural provinces Inscribed in the 1990s, had high levels of poverty at the time. Both have experienced intensive tourism investment and significant improvement in household incomes.

The workshop will facilitate knowledge sharing across different bodies involved in work on poverty alleviation through tourism; will share issues and exchange lessons learned to assist in formulating appropriate recommendations.

We will evaluate the case study methodology for its suitability to assess the contribution of World Heritage and tourism to the UNSDGs, in particular poverty reduction. The workshop will foster inclusive and open regional dialogue around alternative futures and social innovation.

Key Dates

  • Draft report prepared and disseminated, Sydney/Ha Noi, 1 January 2018 to 30 May 2018
  • Regional workshop, Ha Noi, 30 June 2018 to 30 September 2018
  • Final report, Sydney/Ha Noi, 1 October 2018 to 20 December 2018

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Australia-ASEAN Council grant offer: $40,000.00
Total project value: $104,900.00


Last Updated: 1 August 2018
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