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Dear Mekong Tourism stakeholder,

Registration is OPEN for Mekong Tourism Forum 2017, "Prosper with Purpose".

To take place June 6-9 in Luang Prabang, Laos, MTF 2017 promises to deliver interactive topical sessions hosted at multiple experiential venues in and around the UNESCO World Heritage town. Indeed Luang Prabang is the venue for MTF 2017!

MTCO's content & communications consultant David Gillbanks has returned from a week in Luang Prabang during which the Department of Information, Culture, & Tourism, Luang Prabang signed Host Venue MoUs with 15 small- and medium-sized venues for MTF 2017's afternoon breakthrough sessions.

Tourism Luang Prabang also signed MoUs with 12 Official Hotels who will offer their best available rates to MTF 2017 delegates and provide transport to the venue of the first morning session of each Forum day.

In partnership with our hosts, the Ministry of Information, Culture, & Tourism, Lao PDR and the Department of Information, Culture, & Tourism, Luang Prabang, Mekong Tourism is keen to demonstrate that smaller towns can compete for MICE.

We look forward to hearing from you as always, and hope you enjoy this week's newsletter. And remember: sharing is caring.

Have a great week!
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

News & articles that caught our attention over the past week:

Myanmar-Thai Deal May be Good for Green Season
With e-visas accepted at three checkpoints on the Myanmar/Thailand border, May Myat Mon Win of the MTF sees potential for the green season ... Read more about it.

Cambodia, Vietnam Cement Friendship, Cooperation
A Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural, Scientific, & Technological Cooperation meeting took place in Phnom Penh, March 15 ... Read more about it.

Laos Sees 10% Drop in Tourism Arrivals in 2016
The number of foreign tourists visiting Laos dropped in 2016 after several successive years of tourism growth; a tourism official speaks out ... Read more about it.

How Thailand Welcomed 6m Muslim Visitors in 2016
From hotels with segregated pools to jelly made from seaweed instead of pig bones, Buddhist-majority Thailand touts its wares to the Islamic world ... Read more about it.

Cambodia’s River Festival Targets Tourism Investors
Cambodia’s River Festival in Steung Treng province this year is part of a strategy to attract tourism & ecotourism investment to provinces in the northeast ... Read more about it.

Recent Additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

ADB Releases CLMV Tourism Sector Assessment (2016-2018)
Documenting the strategic investment priorities of the Asian Development Bank and Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, & Vietnam in the tourism sector, the new report highlights performance and constraints as well as past and future plans ... Download for free.

Greater Mekong Subregion: Twenty Years of Partnership
A 2012 publication by the Asian Development Bank, "presents images that illustrate the progress and challenges of 20 years of work in the Greater Mekong Subregion [by] everyone who has labored to make the GMS what it is today" ... Download for free.

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 “Mekong Tourism Experts“. In return for regular (non-exclusive) business-, trade- or policy-related content, Experts will receive a range of profile-enhancing benefits ... View and register.

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 ... View and register.


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