CBT Vietnam

Capilano University’s CBT Vietnam team with members of Sapa’s ethnic minority communities (Credit: CBT Vietnam)

Community-Based Tourism Vietnam (CBT Vietnam) is a project that was formed in 2002 between Capilano UniversityHanoi Open University, the PATA Foundation and Sapa’s ethnic minority communities.

Community-based tourism is a form of tourism where the local community has substantial control over and involvement in tourism development and management. As a result, benefits remain within the community. Over the years, numerous volunteers have worked to build and strengthen the capacity of local villages, small business owners, and tourism stakeholders. This includes setting up an estimated 40 authentic cultural homestays in 4 villages: LAO CHAITAVANTAPHIN and GIAN TA CHAI. In addition, the CBT Vietnam project has trained over 60 tour guides who supplement the homestay product with trekking tours to the villages.

The PATA Foundation has graciously supported CBT Vietnam through its 2016 grant, 2012 grant, and 2010 grant.

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Chris Carnovale, Capilano University CBT Vietnam team member (Credit: CBT Vietnam)

Buffalo Tours sat down with Chris Carnovale, Capilano University instructor and alumni, about his experience with the CBT Vietnam project.

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Award-winning filmmaker and Capilano University alumni, Kyle Sandilands, has volunteered countless hours towards filming and editing videos about CBT Vietnam.

Please visit the CBT Vietnam website for more information.