G Adventures looks to empower women through 5 new community tourism projects

G Adventures looks to empower women through 5 new community tourism projects
Edited by Travel Weekly


    This International Women’s Day G Adventures and its non-profit partner, Planeterra, are announcing the introduction of five new community tourism projects designed to empower local women in the countries it visits, supporting the 444 women who help operate these five social enterprises.

    The new projects include the Kirtipur Community Homestay in Newari, Nepal, which is run by local Indigenous women, Restaurante El Manglar in Izabel, Guatemala, founded by the Cayo Quemado Women’s Committee, and the Ban Ou Community Tourism Project in Luang Prabang, Laos, which will offer travellers experiences such as making Laos rice noodles and learning traditional weaving.

    All projects are designed to empower local women to earn an income, share and preserve their local traditions, and uplift their local communities as a result. Three of the projects were also funded by donations made during Planeterra’s 20th anniversary campaign and G Adventures’ inaugural GX community tourism summit, held in Cusco, Peru, in September last year.

    Worker at the Asociación de Mujeres Artesanas Zoológico Mágico

    G Adventures and Planeterra, with which the projects were developed, have also recently announced an ambitious initiative – Project 300 – which will see 300 social enterprises built into G Adventures trips by 2030.

    The addition of the five new projects brings the total number of community enterprises G Adventures and Planeterra have designed to support local women to 28 in 19 countries, empowering the thousands of women involved in delivering experiences to travellers.

    The final two women’s empowerment experiences being announced for travellers to enjoy in 2024 are the Lady Tuk Tuk Driver Association in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and artisan cooperative, Mujeres Artesanas Zoológico Mágico, located in Oaxaca, Mexico.

    Travellers can now experience the new women’s empowerment projects on the following G Adventures trips:

    Kirtipur Community Experience – Annapurna Sanctuary

    The Kirtipur Community Homestay is led by Indigenous women, and offers travellers the opportunity to stay in the heart of Nepal’s Newari town across five homestays – Priced from $1,599pp for a 15-day trip starting and ending in Kathmandu.

    Restaurante El Manglar – Mayan Encounter

    Restaurante El Manglar in Izabel, Guatemala, was created with the goal of creating new employment and training opportunities for the community – Priced from $2,299pp for a 12-day trip from Antigua, Guatemala to Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

    Restaurante El Manglar – First G group

    Ban Ou Community Tourism – Thailand and Laos Adventure

    Although many tour buses pass through Ban Ou en route to the renowned Kuang Si waterfall, a key attraction in Luang Prabang, up until now, the local community has not benefited from these visits – Priced from $2,759pp for a 14-day trip from Bangkok to Hanoi.

    Lady Tuk Tuk Driver Association – Cambodia Experience

    As tourism recovered and borders began to reopen in Cambodia, solo mother Kim, decided to register the Lady Tuk-Tuk Driver group as an association to offer tuk-tuk transportation services to travellers looking to discover the beauty of Siem Reap, the home of Angkor Wat and many ancient temples – Priced from $1,299pp for a nine-day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok.

    Lady Tuk-Tuk Driver

    Asociación de Mujeres Artesanas Zoológico Mágico – Mexico City to Oaxaca – Pottery and Aztec Pyramids

    This newly formed cooperative was founded by 13 women in Oaxaca who aspire to foster growth and generate employment opportunities for women and youth through art – Priced from $1,549pp for a seven-day trip from Mexico City to Oaxaca.

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