Hue is a small but rapidly growing city in central Vietnam, famous as a cultural centre. Tourism plays a key role in the city’s socioeconomic development and also has negative impacts on its environment and natural resource base. The goods and services associated with tourism such as travel, infrastructure development and operation, and production and consumption of goods are energy-intensive. The ‘Sustainable Urban Tourism through Low Carbon Initiatives’ project led by the Asian Institute of Technology, Chiang Mai Municipality, and Hue Centre for International Cooperation explored how the carbon footprint of tourism could be reduced, while maintaining and even enhancing local development benefits. This brief explores the opportunities and trade-offs encountered by government agencies, residents and tourism-related businesses in the City of Hue as they navigated the choices available.
Kusakabe, K.; Pujan Shrestha; Kumar, S.; Khanh Linh Nguyen. Advancing green growth in the tourism sector:&#8232;The case of Hue, Vietnam. (2014) 6 pp. [Inside Stories on climate compatible development]