Tourism a Sustainable Way Out of Poverty? Context Analysis of Two Vietnamese Cases

Dr Tomke Lask
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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
Stream: Social Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Tourism: A Sustainable way out of Poverty?

Dr Tomke Lask

Director, Laboratory of Anthropology of Communication (LAC), University of Liege

I am a social anthropologist trained at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the University of Liege in Belgium. I am directing a small research centre at the University of Liege, the Laboratory of Anthropology of Communication (LAC). The subject of my MA thesis was about oral history in a State owned city and steel mill in Brazil. My PhD analysed the social construction of the German and French national identity. The culturally determined reappropriation of public space is one of the subjects I have been working more recently on, for example, the intercultural relationship between Nikkey immigrants from Latin America and the local Japanese population in Tsurumi (Yokohama). I have studied the relation between tourism and poverty in Bali, Laos and Viet Nam for the last two years in a European project, as well as the impact of tourism on the quality of life in small and medium sized European cities.

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