Tourism a Sustainable Way Out of Poverty? Context Analysis of Two Vietnamese Cases
Two years ago, the Ministry of Culture and Information of Viet Nam joined in a project with the French Community of Belgium. The proposition made by the so-called mixed commission Belgium/Vietnam concerned the establishment of a cultural itinerary with the goal to develop cultural tourism in traditional handicraft villages around Hanoi. This paper proposes to analyse two villages selected for this cultural itinerary. In spite of the similitude of their historic means of production and historic background, they have today completely different starting positions for the development of tourism. Through a comparison of the two cases, the paper pins the different elements down that are crucial for the sustainability of the tourism to be developed. The detailed analysis gives insights on negative and positive effects to be expected and suggests community approaches for greater efficiency.
Keywords: Tourism, Sustainability, Poverty, Viet Nam, Case study, Community
Dr Tomke Lask
Director, Laboratory of Anthropology of Communication (LAC), University of Liege