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Sustainable tourism


The tourism industry in Southeast Asia offers special opportunities to provide sustainable livelihoods to local communities, while preserving both the natural environment and local culture. Starting with our program to assist with the recovery of coastal communities hit by the 2004 tsunami, Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia) has implemented a holistic approach to tourism development through engagement of local communities, businesses, tourists and governments. The K.I.Asia model of tourism development is a powerful tool for protecting important natural sites, providing economic benefits to local communities and marketing key tourism centers to increase overall community sustainability and improve the competitiveness of tourism destinations.


 Our Professional Team


K.I.Asia has over eight experienced sustainable tourism development professionals with over 100 years of combined development experience. K.I.Asia also brings to the table over 20 consultants with expertise in building public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, youth programming, sustainable development indicators, energy efficiency, environmental management, community development, corporate social responsibility, public health, cluster competitiveness and SME strengthening.



Project examples

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Summer Interns

    For the fifth year in a row, K.I.Asia hosted business administration undergraduate and master’s student interns from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill as part of the Tsunami Relief Action Initiative (TRAI) project. The ten-week internship took place in the U.S. and in Phang-nga, with five interns directly assisting in the TRAI program. Read More
  • seminar on “Sustainability Management in the Accommodation Sector in Thailand Coastal Areas”

    The United Nation for Environment Program (UNEP) jointly with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) organised a free seminar on “Sustainability Management in the Accommodation Sector in Thailand Coastal Areas” on May 10th and 11th, 2010 at the Club Andaman Beach Resort, a Green Leaf certified hotel, located in Patong, Phuket. Read More
  • Developing Sustainable Tourism in Phang-nga Thailand Program

    K.I.Asia and the UNWTO continued to implement the “Developing Sustainable Tourism in Phang-nga, Thailand” Program. This program implemented model projects in Tai Muang/Lam Kaen and Kor Khao Island in collaboration with the Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Tai Muang National Park and local communities and businesses... Read More
  • Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative (TRAI)

    Based on an in-depth needs analysis, K.I.Asia specifically designed this longer term post-tsunami development initiative focusing on building capacities in sustainable tourism, including implementing sustainable tourism education; developing the capabilities of tourism entrepreneurs, hotel managers, and tourism industry staff; and building community participation in sustainable tourism in Phang-nga Province in Southern Thailand... Read More
  • Community Based-Tsunami Recovery Action Initiative (CB-TRAI)

    In July 2007, K.I.Asia was awarded approximately US $600,000 from the European Union to assist rural communities in Thailand’s Phang-nga province affected by the 2004 tsunami, under the EU’s Social Support Program – tsunami extension, with overall project oversight being conducted by Thailand’s Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) on behalf of the EU. Over 18 months, the program successfully built the capacities of local community members to benefit from the tourism industry through the development, marketing and sales of local products and services... Read More

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