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

Within a week we will make an announcement, with our partners, about a new initiative.

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

News & Articles of the Week

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

Mekong Winners of 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards
The 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards were announced last week. There were five categories, with gold and silver winners in each ... Read more about it.

Recycled Soap Saves Lives
Horrified by an image of a child being bathed in laundry detergent, American student Samir Lakhani was determined to do something ... Read more about it.

Are Regulations Stifling Community-Based Tourism?
Tourism projects in Myanmar are seeking to deliver real benefits to host communities, but are policies and regulations a barrier for smaller operators? Read more about it.

Is Tourism Straining Luang Prabang’s Heritage?
The enthusiasm of tourists for Luang Prabang’s heady charms has brought prosperity to the Lao town, but is the visitor influx damaging its cultural treasures? Read more about it.

Tourism Skills Training Initiative in Cambodia
Tourism industry stakeholders have welcomed a move by the Ministry of Tourism to bridge the tourism skills gap in Cambodia ... Read more about it.

One Day We Will Lose Sapa: Hmong Guide
“If more and more building (happens), then one day we will lose Sapa, we won’t have any more mountain” ... Read more about it.

Access for All in Thailand?
Thailand's government plans to address “woefully inadequate” accessible infrastructure, but will it make a real difference to locals and tourists? Read more about it.

Is Mekong River Shipping in Decline?
Trade on the Mekong is in trouble, reports 'Caixin Online'. A new land route, more policing and new regulations have brought shipping to a "screeching halt" ... Read more about it.

Recent additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China & India 2016: Enhancing Regional Ties
By Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Emerging Asia will have to cope with external and domestic risks to sustain more moderate 6.2% annual growth rates to 2020 ... Free download.

PATA Youth Travel Report: Stepping Out of the Crowd – Executive Summary
By Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
As more young people set out from Asia to discover the world for the first time, the travel & tourism industry has the responsibility to help them travel responsibly ... Free download.

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.


MTCO is active on various social media platforms under the universal handle @TourismMekong. Please follow and engage with us by clicking on the links below:

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