Boosting Community-Based Tourism and Youth Work: Study visit in Vietnam!

The second study visit of the BOCOTO project took place in Vietnam from 4 to 14 September involving youth workers and representatives of partner associations from Italy, Turkey and Vietnam. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of youth organizations & local communities to promote community-based tourism in rural & remote areas and it is funded with the support of the Erasmus+ project under the Key Action 2 Capacity building in the field of youth.

YESD is a social enterprise which was established to increase employment for underprivileged youth in the tourism sector and promote responsible tourism. YESD provides authentic responsible tourism experiences in various remote areas in northern Vietnam since 2014, providing communities with education and career development in the tourism industry. YESD assist homestay owners in managing their business, train local guides, provide English classes and organise development projects that benefit the wider community.

The study visit included: Sightseeing of Hanoi, visit to Ha Giang and the Nam Dam Dong Van Geopark where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development in cooperation with local ethnic minority groups such as the Hmong, Dao, Lô Lô, Tày. The study visit included visit to tea farms in Cao Bo, including meetings and exchange with homestay owners, tour guides, social cooperatives and other stakeholders in the sustainable tourism sector.

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