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Welcome to the 13th Edition of our Mekong Tourism e-Newsletter

Our Condolences to the People of Thailand
On behalf of the Tourism Working Group of the Greater Mekong Subregion, of which the Kingdom of Thailand is a valued member, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office would like to extend our deepest condolences to the people of Thailand.

May His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej rest in peace.

Tourism Sector Strategy
In collaboration with the Tourism Working Group, and with technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank, a series of workshops updating the ten-year GMS Tourism Sector Strategy has now been completed. There were workshops in all six countries; consulting with the public and private sectors, development partners, as well as the Tourism Working Group. All the findings will now be integrated to produce the "GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2025". 

ITB Asia
I will be representing MTCO at ITB Asia this week. At the October 20 Responsible Tourism event organised by Wild Asia I will talk about how storytelling is an effective means of promoting a destination. If you are also going to ITB Asia, please say hello!

As always, I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and collaboration for the benefit of tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

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

Thailand in Mourning: TAT's Advice for Tourists
Advice and recommendations for tourists, issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on October 14 at 1600hrs Thai time. ... Read more about it.

China Poses Challenges & Opportunities for Cambodia Tourism
As the number of Chinese visitors continues to swell, Cambodia's tourism sector faces HRD challenges and ecotourism development opportunities ... Read more about it.

Responsible, Sustainable Tourism Important for Vietnam: VNAT
Responsible and sustainable tourism plays an important role in Vietnam's economy, society and environment, said VNAT's Nguyễn Văn Tuấn ... Read more about it.

Top Sopheak on Cambodia-India Tourism
Khmer Times spoke to Top Sopheak, Undersecretary of State at Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, about the Cambodia-India relationship ... Read more about it.

More Bridges Expected between Thailand & Laos
Luc Citrinot writes a brief history of Thai-Lao Friendship Bridges and looks at their impact on cross-border flows and travel & tourism ... Read more about it.

Less is More in Southern Laos
With Southern Laos' efforts to position itself as "charming by nature", we present this story by Mark Bibby Jackson who appreciates "the beauty of less" ... Read more about it.

Recent additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

Myanmar: Unlocking the Potential
By Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Based on an in-depth study undertaken in 2013, this report examines the important and immediate issues that need to be tackled to unlock Myanmar's potential ... Free download.

ASEAN Compassion in Action in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis
The emergency and humanitarian response in Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, May 2008, and stories of some of the survivors ... Free download.

Meet Mekong Tourism Expert & Travel Storyteller Luc Citrinot

A French national, Luc Citrinot has been busy as a freelance journalist and consultant in tourism and air transport for more than 20 years ... Read more about Luc Citrinot.

Luc's recent contributions:
"International Hotel Chains Invest in Phnom Penh", 12 Oct 2016
"More Bridges Expected between Thailand, Laos", 12 Oct 2016
"More Comfortable Trains for Thailand", 07 Sep 2016
"Seniors, Wellness, Health Tourism a Focus for Hechi, Guangxi", 02 Sep 2016
"Thailand Considers Offering Travel Insurance to Visitors", 22 Aug 2016

MTCO Seeks Tourism Experts

Subject matter experts, such as consultants, company executives, journalists and industry bloggers, who are active in GMS travel & tourism, are eligible to become “Official Mekong Tourism Experts“.

In return for providing 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—writing, photography, videography—who wishes to share their unique and unusual travel experiences; especially multi-destination Mekong journeys and experiences in the GMS that are linked to social, cultural, or environmental causes.

In return for providing regular (non-exclusive) content, Storytellers will receive a range of profile-enhancing benefits ... Read more about it.


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