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Welcome to the 16th Edition of our Mekong Tourism e-Newsletter

Since the launch of Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) on November 18, there has been significant media interest. And I have received a lot of messages from people seeking more information on how to get involved.

For more information and a form to register startups please visit We also have a Facebook discussion group.

I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and collaboration on this and all our projects.
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

News & articles that caught our attention over the past several days:

Yunnan’s Lijiang Old Town a Lesson in Co-existence
Is mass tourism threatening to destroy the uniqueness of the old town of Lijiang in Yunnan, China? Luc Citrinot finds out ... Read more about it.

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam Pledge to Expand Economic Connectivity
The leaders of Cambodia, Laos, & VietNam have agreed to “develop the connectivity of the three economies as an important task in the near future” ... Read more about it.

Myanmar Tourism Catches up to Potential
2017 looks to be the year when Myanmar tourism will finally embrace its potential, according to Travel Weekly ... Read more about it.

China, Thailand Drive Cambodia Arrivals Growth
Arrivals, especially from China and Thailand, are on the rise in Cambodia. Vietnamese travellers are still number one in terms of numbers ... Read more about it.

Thailand Attempts to Ensure Quality for Chinese Tourists
Thailand is trying to ensure quality experiences for Chinese tourists via a raft of initiatives introduced in recent months, reports Travel Daily News Asia ... Read more about it.

Thailand Visa-on-Arrival Fees Halved; Long-Stay Visas Extended
Thailand has temporarily halved visa-on-arrival fees for tourists from 19 countries and extended to 10 years the long-stay visa for people 50 years or older ... Read more about it.

Recent Additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

Business Partnerships Platform (Myanmar) Fact Sheet
The Australian Government is supporting a market and business advisory service and low-interest investment fund for tourism-sector SMEs in Myanmar.

Lao PDR-New Zealand Tourism Support Project November 2016 Newsletter
The Laos - NewZealand Tourism Support Project undertakes a range of activities in northern and central-southern Laos.

Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST)

MIST aims to support innovative new travel & tourism-related ventures in the developing destinations and source markets of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. MIST will mentor new ventures, provide support and guidance, and match them with suitable investors. For more information and a form to register startups please visit Also join MIST's Facebook discussion group.

MTCO Seeks e-Library Contributions

In addition to economic reports, statistical analyses, industry studies, and much more, the Mekong Tourism e-Library hosts contributions in the following new categories:

Multi-Country Journeys & Mekong River Cruises
Tour and cruise operators offering multi-destination tours and cruises (defined as tours or cruises that visit more than one Mekong-region country) are welcome to send their eligible itineraries in PDF format. The objective is to develop a resource for those seeking Mekong experiences for their customers (or themselves).

Tourism Development Projects
Economic development agencies (bilateral or multilateral) and non-government organisations (NGOs) are encouraged to send, in PDF format, scopes of work, terms of reference, reports, and case studies pertaining to tourism-related projects in the Mekong region. The objective is to develop a resource for all Mekong tourism stakeholders.

MTCO Seeks Tourism Experts

Subject matter experts, such as consultants, executives, and industry journalists, who are active in GMS travel & tourism, are eligible to become “Official Mekong Tourism Experts“. In return for regular (non-exclusive) business-, trade- or policy-related content, Experts will receive a range of profile-enhancing benefits ... Read more about it.

MTCO Seeks Travel Storytellers

MTCO welcomes anyone with a passion for storytelling who wishes to share their unique and unusual travel experiences: multi-destination Mekong journeys and experiences linked to social, cultural, or environmental causes. In return for regular content, Storytellers will receive a range of profile-enhancing benefits ... Read more about it.


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