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Dear Mekong Tourism Stakeholder,

I hope everybody is doing well, giving the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic. It is daunting to think that we are already in October of this year, which has turned out differently than many of us expected end of 2019. 

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has been busy over the past six months, with our Virtual Destination Mekong Summit attracting close to 1,500 attendees on Zoom and an additional 300 on YouTube. This was much higher than anticipated and we would like to express our appreciation to attendees and speakers. We hope you enjoyed the event and that you gained insights and ideas for a balanced tourism recovery and for a better future of the travel industry.
Should you have missed the event, you can now watch the individual recordings for free, sponsored by Chameleon Strategies, at:

We are also very excited to recognize our 2020 Experience Mekong Showcases, and congratulate all finalists. Please check out the Experience Mekong Collection Facebook page for features of these special businesses. 

We would also like to congratulate our first Mekong Hero, Ms. Potjana Suansri, Founder of the Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute, as well as the 2020 Experience Mekong Showcases

I was also very excited to be invited by the Skal Chiang Mai Club to speak at their dinner about our programs and initiatives, as well as thoughts about the future potential of Chinese consumers for Chiang Mai.  Such a pleasure to attend a physical event, and talk to old and new friends. 

Finally, 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)
For more detailed information, please visit
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 1 keynote discussion with Dr. Simon Hudson about his new book "Covid-19 & Travel" are available on the event website at
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
Phu Chai Sai Mountain Resort – Chiang Rai, Thailand 

Phu Chaisai, literally translated means "Mountain of Clear Heart" and is one of the first boutique resorts of Thailand and first to incorporate lifestyle and wellness into the holiday experience. Phu Chaisai Resort and spa in Thailand has its own unique, rustic style and exemplifies the best of Northern Thai hospitality. At Phu Chaisai there is no place for pretense; guests live simply in comfort and close to nature. The Resort’s design is harmonious with its surroundings; the fresh mountain air is cleansing and refreshes the mind, body and spirit. The resort is set on 2,000 acres of forest and organic farms; offering guests the finest dining as well as convenient access to hiking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.
Elephant Valley Project – Mondulkiri, Cambodia
For the past 10 years, the Elephant Valley Project has worked hard to develop the best sanctuary for captive elephants in Cambodia and support local people to be able to access stable jobs with opportunities to grow. The purpose of the project is to firstly improve the health and welfare of the captive elephants in Mondulkiri Province, and work to conserve the wild elephants’ natural habitat.
Secondly, they support the local community to protect their forest and nature. Thirdly, they provide employment and job-based training to the Bunong community. Through their programs the impoverished families receive food existence, more than 2,400 local people receive full health care coverage, over 300 schools support the children seeking education. Besides this, they provide community support programs to settle these pressures. They consider themselves a key part of the community they live in and work for.

Please see all Experience Mekong Showcases here.
[WHITE PAPER] Tourism and COVID-19 in Myanmar: Priorities for Restarting Tourism
This White Paper offers ideas on how to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on Myanmar’s tourism sector. The ideas presented here are based on a series of online panel dialogues and discussions entitled “The COVID-19 Wave and Myanmar’s Tourism Industry,” which were held in May 2020 organized by Myanmar Tourism Marketing (MTM). The White Paper is intended to provide input for the Ministry’s emerging outline for the Myanmar Tourism Strategy 2020–2025.

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

Thanks to Malta’s Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Hon. Julia Farrugia Portelli, and the Institute for Tourism Studies Malta, SUNx Malta and The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) are offering 5 scholarships for a new online Diploma in Climate Friendly Travel.
This Diploma is the first of its kind and will train students and professionals to support companies and communities in the Travel & Tourism industry in adjusting their operations towards the goal of becoming carbon neutral, in the face of the global challenge of Climate Change.


Explore more stories about travel and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion. 
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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