All together now!
|N-ACT unites communities, responsible tour operators, and other stakeholders in community development.
The North Andaman Community Tourism (N-ACT) network was established over a year ago to help local communities secure their future through sustainable tourism and conservation. With support from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), new villages are developing activities for guests.
Tung Dap and Muang Kluang will begin receiving respectful guests in the next few months. Other recent successes include promoting Ban Talae Nok soaps to several distributors, sharing the “North Andaman Adventure Handbook” with select tour operators, and visiting a rare hot/cold springs that the local ranger swore to “protect and care for like his own virgin daughter.”
Now under the umbrella of Andaman Discoveries, N-ACT will also work with government and other tourism businesses and organizations to develop institutional capacity. “The joining of N-ACT and Andaman Discoveries makes sense. We can support each other on product development and livelihood diversity,” said N-ACT Project Manager Nattaya “Nat” Sektheera. Next month, N-ACT will be helping tourism coordinators in each village focus on marketing and promotion, and will soon have its own website, so stay tuned for updates!