Traditional garden houses of Hue city, Vietnam are a unique urban architecture known for their harmonious design with the nature, and are (ancient) examples of passive buildings designed considering local climactic conditions. Though the number of garden houses has fallen from about 4000 households to 2000 households at present, promoting garden houses could be an important option of green tourism and promotion of eco-friendly city.
Garden houses were considered to promote green tourism, given its closeness to nature. The study focuses on the income generation from garden houses and the potential for promoting garden houses as a part of green tourism, along with an analysis of the different (future) occupations men and women can be involved in this initiative. The study was carried out with various stakeholders in the tourism sector, such as local municipality, travel agencies, tourists, accommodation service providers, hotels, academia and local residents, as well as survey on garden houses to understand the current income and the perspectives of the garden house owners, gardeners, cyclo drivers and tourists for the promotion of garden houses.
The results show that garden houses can be effectively used to reduce a part of emissions as eco-friendly houses for the tourists to stay and for other recreation activities. Also, organic fruit and vegetable production from garden houses augments the advantages and caters towards enhanced income generation for both men and women given their education level at most till high school. A low carbon development was explored by supporting non-motorized transport for tourists visiting garden houses with cyclos. A win-win strategy by promoting green tourism could result through increase in the income generation to the garden house owners, gardeners and cyclo drivers.
Written by Agus Nugroho on 30 May. 2014