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Welcome to the new website and monthly e-Newsletter.

We are very excited to have you part of our community of passionate travel and tourism friends in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Please get involved by contributing your ideas and expertise, and join the conversation on social media @TourismMekong (see links below) and tag your your images with #TourismMekong. Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends. 

Looking forward to hearing from you, and seeing you soon.
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director - Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Cruising the Mighty Mekong
The Mekong River might not be the longest river in Asia, but it is one of the most important and its special significance to millions of people is unquestionable. From its source high up in the Himalayan glacier in Tibet through to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, the river flows for over 4,000 km and shapes the land and the lives of people along its route.
New Experience Mekong Tourism Markting Strategy 2015-2020 launched
The new Experience Mekong Tourism Marketing Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2020 has been launched in alignment with GMS member countries’ shared objectives to develop thematic multi-country tour programs and promote secondary destinations to help distribute tourism benefits more widely.
New website launched - inviting content contributors
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has developed a new digital platform in order to increase engagement with the global and regional travel and tourism industry.  MTCO invites the travel and tourism industry from individual journalists, bloggers, consultants, and industry experts to travel and tourism organizations and companies including hotel companies, media, academia, tour operators, cruise lines, and airlines to get engaged and contribute their knowledge from articles to documents to the platform for the common good to drive tourism in the GMS, in exchange for being acknowledged and driving business and traffic to the respective organization.
Mekong Tourism Southern Corridor Meeting in Koh Kong, Cambodia
Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam are conducting ongoing discussions on the creation of a Southern Tourism Corridor, which would promote tour packages across the southern provinces of the three countries, giving a boost to tourism across the region.
Multi-Country Journeys:  This month featuring the Tea Caravan Trail
A new section on the website features experiential multi-country journeys in the Mekong Region. Travel writers from journalists and bloggers, as well as tour operators are invited to submit their tours in storytelling format. Every month, we will feature one journey – this month we are embarking on an expedition along the Tea Caravan Trail, a timeless trade route from the Golden Triangle, following the Mekong between Thailand and Laos, and through rugged mountains to Yunnan, China.
The new Indian Traveler – great potential for the Mekong Region
The Indian outbound market has been on an upswing. Even in 2013, when there were reports of a downturn due to the depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar, India’s outbound tourism recorded a steady performance with 9% growth with 14 million international departures.
The Future of Mekong Tourism: Quality and Community Engagement
Passionate debate around marketing and investment strategies for a sustainable development of the Mekong Region: the four-day format of the Mekong Tourism Forum 2015 in Da Nang in Viet Nam, 15-19 June, gave insights into initiatives to assure a sustainable development of the Mekong region.   
Mekong Tourism is a collaborative effort between Cambodia, China, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand,
and Vietnam to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion as a single tourism destination.
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