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Dear Mekong Tourism Stakeholder,

November has been a very busy month as we are getting ready for our 46th GMS Tourism Working Group Meeting & MTCO Board Meeting beginning of December.... 

As we are wrapping up this truly astonishing year, it is worth reflecting how travel and tourism in the region has been affected through the COVID-19. While many countries in the world are battling with second waves of COVID-19, we are relatively fortunate to live in this part of the world, even though we feel the pain caused to many travel and tourism businesses in the region and world-wide. 

We are working on some very exciting new initiatives, that we hope to be able to share with our Mekong Tourism community soon.

Until then, please stay healthy, safe, and positive!  As always, please feel free to reach out - we love to hear from you! 

Kind regards,

Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)
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The 1st Destination Mekong Summit was a great success this year with many interesting sessions with speakers from the public and private sectors.

Recordings of the sessions, including the Chapter 3 panel discussion with Minister of Tourism of Cambodia H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Vice Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism H.E. Dr. Ha Van Sieu and former Director-General of Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR Mr. Soun Manivong to learn how governments continue to support businesses and mitigate job losses and what are some of the effective recovery measures and policies put in place by Greater Mekong Subregion governments. The session was moderated by Mr. Steven Schipani from the Asian Development Bank.

All sessions are available on the event website at
CHAPTER 3 - The Governments
The “Experience Mekong Collection” showcases small, responsible, and sustainable travel businesses in the Lancang-Mekong Region.

The Experience Mekong Collection is operated by Destination Mekong
Introducing our newest EMC Member
Heuan Chan Heritage House – Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

Heuan Chan Heritage House is situated in the heart of Luang Prabang. Built-in Luang Prabang’s distinct style, this wood abode serves as a museum, and their surroundings promote the Luang Prabang Way of Life. Heuan Chan is a unique surviving example of a pre-colonial Lao style aristocratic mansion. Its core mandate is to preserve Luang Prabang’s traditional way of life and serve as a Centre where the elders pass on traditional skills and knowledge to younger generations.

As a cultural centre dedicated to preserving and promoting local traditions and customs, Heuan Chan supports the integrity of local cultures by favouring local businesses that contribute to preserving the cultural heritage and traditional values of Lao and Luang Prabang. The business also supports the local economy through the purchase of local goods from small businesses.
Laos Buffalo Dairy – Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

The Laos Buffalo Dairy was originally established as a socially-responsible enterprise consisting of a commercial dairy and production facility to make products such as yoghurt, cheese and ice cream for local and overseas customers.
The aim of Laos Buffalo Dairy is to improve the rural prosperity, welfare, nutrition, and health of the local population, with a focus on buffalo farming, and childhood nutrition by cooperating with people from villages in and around Luang Prabang. 

Please see all Experience Mekong Showcases here.
Interpretive Guide for Sustainable Tourism: Tips for being a good tour guide
AJC published a handbook “Interpretive Guide for Sustainable Tourism: Tips for being a good tour guide“ to introduce the concept of interpretation and how to apply interpretive techniques into guiding. This practical handbook consists of three parts 1) Introduction of interpretation, 2) Steps to create an interpretive tour, and 3) Interpretive techniques. The handbook is available in English, Khmer and Vietnamese languages.

Find more resources in our MTCO e-library for free download.

ADB recently launched the challenge Re-establishing Tourism Confidence through Innovative Digital Solutions. The selected solution will have potential funding of USD 10,000 or more for selected pilots in ADB's developing member countries. 

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2021. Register here and help shape the new normal! #DigitalAgainstCOVID-19


Explore more stories about travel and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion. 
MTCO is pleased to join Myanmar Tourism Marketing during the seminar on 28th November 2020 at 2pm Myanmar time. You can follow the webinar by visiting the MTM Facebook page at:
MTCO has been honoured to be a partner and invited to present about the startup ecosystem and how the impact of COVID-19 has affected startups in tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion at the Southeast Asia Startup Assembly 2020 (SEASA 2020) organized by the National Innovation Agency of Thailand (NIA) on December 3, 2020. 
To see our new media page with our latest press releases here
MTCO is active on various social media platforms under the universal handle @TourismMekong. Please
Tag with #MekongMoments #TourismMekong and follow us:
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office is a collaborative effort between the governments of Cambodia, China, Lao PRD, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion as a single tourism destination.
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