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Dear Mekong Tourism Stakeholder,

We would like to wish our friends in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand a HAPPY NEW YEAR.  

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office participated at the Workshop on Sustainable Management at Cultural Heritage Sites in the GMS, hosted and organized by the Department of Tourism of Thailand, in Ubon Ratchathani.

Especially for our valued friends from the media, we have added a special media page on to easily retrieve our latest press releases.

For anybody waiting to get news on the upcoming Mekong Tourism Forum in Dali, China - please stay tuned as we hope to share more news very soon.

Please enjoy this e-newsletter and share with your friends, partners, and colleagues.

Kind regards,

Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)

Impressions from the Workshop on Sustainable Management at Cultural Heritage Sites in the GMS, Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

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Thailand clocked more than 7 million visitor arrivals in the first two months of the year according to data posted on the Ministry of Tourism and Sports website late last week. [...] provisional data indicates the country registered 7,291,494 visits up 2.53% for January and February. 


Cambodians are increasingly travelling overseas for leisure, as the number of the Kingdom’s outbound tourists reached nearly two million last year, a trend that a tourism insider said was due to a change in spending habits of Cambodia’s middle-class.


All international visitors to Laos will be eligible to apply online for a single entry visa with a planned maximum stay of 30 days, a senior official in charge from the ministry’s Consular Department told Vientiane Times on Friday.

Recent Additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library
Kayah Manual for Tour Operators

During the past decade, the diverse political and ethnic groups of Kayah State have moved away from conflict towards greater trust, cooperation and peace. As a result, Kayah has recently opened its doors to visitors, including international tourists. Tourism is initially being developed in northwestern Kayah, around Loikaw, Demoso and Pruso townships. 

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2018 Experience Mekong Showcases – KOTO

KOTO is an internationally recognised and award-winning social enterprise in Vietnam which operates as a training restaurant and a vocational training centre. KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One”, a name that reflects strongly in their core belief, values. KOTO operates two inter-connecting entities which support each other through a well-designed business model. The two parts comprise the KOTO training centre (the non-profit organisation), and the KOTO training restaurants (the social enterprise). 

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Featured Experience Mekong Collection member
Cabbages and Condoms, two most unrelated items are put together in the naming of a restaurant – the Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant in Bangkok. The restaurant is run by a non profit organization – Population and Community Development Association (PDA) which focuses on family planning and AIDS/HIV prevention with Mechai Viravaidya as the mastermind behind the organization, who is also dubbed as the condom king.
The Experience Mekong Collection (EMC) curates small businesses that focus on sustainable and responsible practices to create a unique experiences for guests. Anybody can nominate businesses to be included in the Experience Mekong Collection, and an advisory board of tourism experts vets nominations for integrity and relevance. In partnership with Mahidol University, each year, one business per country (six in total) is selected to be one of the Experience Mekong Collection Showcases, with case studies to highlighting the nature and innovation of the business. Nominate your favorite small responsible business today for inclusion in the Experience Mekong Collection!
Visit to see all current EMC members.
Featured Videos
The new 'Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder' Tourism video
Mekong Minis 2018 winning video, Public Choice Viet Nam by Christian Bruckner from Germany.
To see our new media page with our latest press releases here
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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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