Int. J. of Sustainable Society   »   2015 Vol.7, No.3

 

 

Title: Pathways to sustainable urban tourism: garden houses in Hue, Vietnam

 

Authors: Kyoko Kusakabe; Pujan Shrestha; S. Kumar; Khanh Linh Nguyen

 

Addresses:
Gender and Development Studies, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Energy Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Energy Field of Study, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Hue City Centre for International Cooperation, 01 Le Hong Phong, Hue City, Vietnam

 

Abstract: Tourism generates employment and contributes to socio-economic development in many cities. It also consumes resources, generates wastes and emits greenhouse gases (GHGs). Taking Hue City in Vietnam as a case, this paper suggests that the dominant approach to sustainable urban tourism, in the context of climate change, is the amalgamation of low-carbon development options with social responsibilities. GHG emissions estimation helps in understanding the scope and magnitude of the impacts of tourism and in designing mitigation options to achieve low-carbon development. Social considerations such as income-generating opportunities for the poor and stakeholder involvement in the planning process strengthen the technical feasibility of GHG mitigation options. Based on a GHG inventory, stakeholder consultation and surveys of income-generating opportunities, the study recommends development of garden houses as a locally appropriate strategy to enhance tourism, provide jobs for the poor and achieve low-carbon development in Hue City. Gender analysis is also recommended in identifying and implementing such strategies.

 

Keywords: sustainable urban tourism; garden houses; greenhouse gases; GHG emissions; employment generation; low carbon development; social responsibility; stakeholder involvement; gender; Vietnam; sustainability; climate change; income generation; poverty; urban planning.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2015.071298

 

Int. J. of Sustainable Society, 2015 Vol.7, No.3, pp.286 - 303

 

Available online: 20 Aug 2015

 

 

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