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Welcome to the 6th edition of our Mekong Tourism Newsletter.

After consulting with quite a few travel professionals as well as our tourism working group of the six Mekong countries, ee have decided on the theme of our next Mekong Tourism Forum in July in Sihanoukville: "Developing authentic experiences along the Mekong River." Today's travellers are looking to connect with local communities, and experience travel off the beaten path - and this holds also true for the emerging Chinese market, which may surprise some. We are working on an exciting program, and we hope you will join us at MTF 2016, and participate in an open forum as we prepare the next 10 year GMS Tourism Sector Strategy. And the best part: courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, MTF 2016 is free of charge for travel professionals. Don't miss it, and register today!

I look forward to seeing you in 2016.
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director - Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Events: Join the water festivals in the GMS in April
Thingyan - Water festival and New Years from 13-16 April is coming soon to Myanmar. But also in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand can people join "wet" New Year's celebrations. 
Check out other festivals in the GMS by visiting our Events Calendar.
(Photo credit: Nay Zar Lynn)
UNESCO: Heritage Feature in Yunnan, China 
The Stone Forest is part of South China Karst and has been listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO since 2007. The Karst is one of the world’s most spectacular examples of humid tropical to subtropical karst landscapes.stretching over thousand of kilometers and covering the provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi, Yunnan and Chongqing on 176,228 hectares. 
Cambodia: 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum to be held in Sihanoukville from July 5-8
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is working with the Cambodia Ministry of Toruism (MoT) to plan this year's Mekong Tourism Forum. Save your date for July 5-8 in Sihanoukville at the beautiful Southern Coast. More information will be available soon at
Featured Contributor Story: Street Food in Bangkok
Walking the streets of Bangkok is an adventure for a visitor’s sense of smell – you never know what you’re going to encounter! Our Mekong Tourism Contributor John Cragen captured his Bangkok street food experience on video.  Customise your online experience based on interests
Using the #TourismMekong hashtag, MTCO has been active in showcasing unique experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Make sure you follow @TourismMekong on Instagram, and tag your own experiences in the Mekong Region that you upload on Instagram with #TourismMekong.  The best photos will be shared on our Instagram Page, as well as on our Facebook Page. MTCO has activated accounts on various social media platforms under the universal handle @TourismMekong to engage with stakeholders and disseminate content. Please follow us by clicking on the links below.
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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