Exposure Workshop on Farm Tourism Practices in Southeast Asia
4-8 December 2017 SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Click to downloadFarm tourism has found its niche as a growth industry in many parts of the world. Such growth requires the coordination of institutions and organizations that can coordinate strategic planning, promotion, and information management for farm tourism to thrive.
Tourism development today has taken a major leap forward by incorporating agricultural, environmental, and economic activities into its programs that encourage active involvement and participation of people and their communities. Specifically, these are the agritourism, sometimes referred to as farm tourism, and ecotourism endeavors of organizations or individuals who adopt technologies generated and developed out of agriculture, socio-economic researches, and conservation practices on the environment as profitable activities for local and international tourists, including its aesthetic valuation.
Being a young industry, farm tourism in the Philippines is still growing and developing. While there is a dearth of information related to farm tourism practices, there is literature that shows the management practices in farm tourism sites. This new economic development strategy of farm tourism helps farmers uplift their living and working conditions to generate income and enhance farm profitability (Schilling B. J., 2006). Moreover, it is rapidly being embraced as a strategy to conserve the family farm, and to teach the public about authentic farming life.
Thus, this exposure workshop aims to provide an avenue for the exchange of best practices and technologies in farm tourism among selected providers in the region thereby drawing out needs to support these initiatives, e.g., through enabling policies and improved support services, among others.
This learning event also aims to capacitate the participants in providing technical guidance to farm tourism practitioners to enable them to work in partnership with other institutions and agencies to foster farm tourism in their respective areas.
The exposure workshop aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, practices, and attitude of the participants on inclusive and sustainable agriculture and rural development focused on farm tourism enterprise through the learning tour approach by delivering new ideas and techniques that will enable them to develop and manage farm tourism programs in their respective areas. Specifically, the participants are expected to be able to:
Describe farm tourism trends and practices in Southeast Asia;
Distill common issues and concerns, challenges, and opportunities in the implementation of farm tourism programs;
List and discuss the minimum standard requirements and guidelines for the operation and maintenance of farm tourism sites; and
Develop a farm tourism program.
The exposure workshop will have the following sessions:
Country Paper Presentations
Global Trends in Farm Tourism
Development of a Farm Tourism Enterprise (case presentation)
Support to farm tourism
Public and private partnership initiatives
Tools and techniques in the promotion and marketing of a farm tourism enterprise
Standard requirements and rules for the operation and maintenance of farm tourism sites
Guides for a better farm tourism
Rules on the operation and maintenance of farm tourism sites
Field Learning Sites Visits
Developing a Farm Tourism Program
Approaches and Methods
The exposure workshop will adopt a combination of various training methods to maximize and facilitate the learning of the participants, as follows:
Sharing of experiences facilitated by country reporting;