Opportunities and Challenges of Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries

Opportunities and Challenges of Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries

New Publication: Ecotourism in ASEAN Countries

Ecotourism in ASEAN CountriesEdited by Seong-il Kim, Mihee Kang and Dian Sukmajaya


"Tourism in ASEAN is recognized as one of twelve priority sectors for integration. Labor intensive and direct impact to local community is some of the key features of this sector. In establishing the ASEAN Community by 2015, ASEAN Tourism Ministers adopted the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Based on the Strategic Plan, ASEAN emphasizes the development of four types of tourism products, among others, nature-based and community-based tourism, and ecotourism serves both. Ecotourism, as a type of tourism product, suits perfectly with tourism characters. It generates economic activities and develops products with educational content involving local communities, at the same time protects nature richness and controls the negative impacts of development. Environmental degradation is an enemy to this product, as it would diminish attractiveness the site." - Dr. Somsak Pipoppinyo, Director of Finance, Industry and Infrastructure, ASEAN Secretariat


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