Recommendations to the CLMV countries

As mentioned in "The Vision of Handicraft and Tourism Development in Vietnam", the feasibility study team envisaged a sustainable handicraft and tourism development. Capacity building is imperative to create the fundamental platform of sustainable handicraft and tourism development by raising awareness among local village people and giving skill training to the workers. Without further training and education, even the carefully planned projects or pragrammes will encounter difficulties with regards to sustainability. The following is the overall recommendations to CLMV countries:

1) Having workshops and seminars to raise awareness among village people:

2) Skills Training:

3)Developing products and quality control:

4) Field study

1)they will have an experience of other villages,
2) they will learn what are the points on "handicraft and tourism development".

5)Making linkages and networking:

6)Detailed recommendations on tour programme development:

7)The suggested tourism

As suggested by tour operators, it is important to develop a master plan. According to the result of questionnaire from tour companies, the tour operators are more interested in creating a quick tour, such as one day-trip, to the villages which have good atmosphere and good quality of handicrafts, and combining with other destinations. It is practical to start with the quick and easy one-day tour for the customers and tour operators to know about the village. The villages will receive more income through the tours and start to get used to receiving the guests from outside.

However, if the focus is too emphasized on the economic development, the villages tend to lose the good and quiet village atmosphere, their cultural values, traditional techniques, quality of products, raw materials, and good skilled workers, as mission team have seen in some well-developed craft villages near Hanoi in the 1st mission. As defined in the section 1.3, it is noted to be aware of preservation of traditional values and cultures in the process of development.

The feasibility study team, therefore, propose to envisage a long-stay tourism, in which the tourists stay and spend time with the villagers, as developing the quick tour to start with. This is also a process of strengthening the popular knowledge and culture the community has long held. Together with the villagers, the visitors pay respect to the ancestors and the spirits that surround them in the morning. They go fishing, using the local tools, such as baskets and creels, made of bamboo or rattan. They enjoy the local food and try to make handicrafts in the evening, listening to the sounds of nature and thus experiencing the totality of village life. This type of tourism is difficult to be implemented from the first hand, but it is highly recommended for the tour planner to foresee the type of tourism when developing new tours to craft villages.

These are the outputs of the Feasibility Study on the Development of Tourism related Handicraft Industries Along the West-East Corridor shared and discussed in the workshop. It is desirable to share the outcomes in other CLMV countries for the continuous efforts on development of tourism related handicraft industries in the region.