Seventeen awardees were celebrated at the inaugural ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA), which took place on the last day of the recently concluded ATF 2018 in Chiang Mai.
Nine of the winners were recognised under the Rural Sustainable Products category were Sothy’s Pepper Farm in Cambodia, Desa Wisata Nglanggeran in Indonesia, Tree Top Explorer in Laos, Kopel Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor in Malaysia, the Pindaya Region in Myanmar, Walk on the Wild Side in the Philippines, Kranji Countryside in Singapore, the Kao Yao Noi Community Based Ecotourism Club in Thailand and the Stay with Tay Ethnic Village in Vietnam.
The eight winners in the Urban Sustainable Products category were Wat Phnom Historical and Cultural Site in Cambodia, the Nusa Dua in Indonesia, Phousi Mountain in Laos, the KL Forest Eco Park by KL Tower in Malaysia, the Kayin State’s Natural Limestone Caves in Myanmar, the Palina Greenbelt River Cruise Experience in the Philippines, the Marina Bay Precinct in Singapore and the Phuket Natural Experience in Thailand.
ASTA will now take place every two years as part of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, much of which seeks to advance sustainable tourism objectives. The next award ceremony will take place at ATF in Brunei in 2020.