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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 November 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.  As many or most of us have learned to love platforms like Zoom and Teams, we have also participated in various events, such as ITB Asia, Buzz China Expo, ADB Southeast Asia Startup Seminar, ASEAN Tourism Strategy Review Meeting, and UNWTO.  One interesting upcoming event is the City Nation Place Congress on November 11th, where Mekong Tourism is invited to give a case study. Please feel free to register at 50% off just by being part of the Mekong Tourism Community. Click on and enter MEKONG50).

We celebrated UNWTO World Tourism Day by hosting destination quizzes on social media, connected to this year's theme of "Tourism & Rural Development", showcasing exciting secondary and rural destinations in the Mekong Region. Take a look on LinkedIn and Facebook, if you missed it. 

Our focus remains to be to support our small responsible travel businesses and social enterprises, as part of our Experience Mekong Collection. We are proud to showcase our new video about the collection:

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 2 panel discussion with former Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand H.E. Senator Weerasak Kowsurat and former Minister of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar H.E. Mr. Htay Aung to learn from past crisis situations and what actions put in place by mid-2021 to take tourism to a firmer foundation interviewed by former UNWTO Asia Pacific Director Mr. Xu Jing 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
Blue Bird Boutique Hotel – Bagan, Myanmar

Blue Bird Boutique Hotel is located in the archaeological city of Bagan in Myanmar, featuring 24 spacious guestrooms, a relaxing swimming pool, lush and well-curated garden, and an open-air pavilion restaurant and bar with garden views. This oasis, nestled in a peaceful village, is easily accessible to the temples and pagodas, and in walking distance to the restaurants and shops.

The property has successfully implemented a Biomedia Waste Water Treatment System, waste segregation and recycling. All the staff, primarily from underprivileged backgrounds from the surrounding villages of the area, is hired locally and trained as part of our employment - what can one do more to help the region to develop than through creating jobs and provide training to the local staff.
Yangshuo Moutain Retreat – Guangxi, PR China

The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat was originally conceived as a simple ecolodge where expat friends could escape from the chaos of polluted mega-cities. The property stayed true to the authenticity of our original concept, like making our own beds and offering a simple farm-to-table menu with a few western favourites.
The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is unique among Yangshuo hotels for our commitment to sustainability and empowering the wonderful local people. The traditional double-walled mud-brick construction makes the Farmhouse naturally cool in Summer and a great private getaway. the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is one of the few eco-hotels in China and we are dedicated to principles of sustainable tourism.

Please see all Experience Mekong Showcases here.
Workbook on Interpretive Planning for ASEAN Tourism and Concept of Interpretation
This workbook is a complement to the publication by the ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) and Ecologic on interpretation for professional tourism guides (Interpretive Guide for Sustainable Tourism, 2020). The Centre’s work on interpretation is based on the belief that sustainable tourism can be maintained and even enhanced by understanding better and implementing interpretation practices at the levels of both management and field (e.g. guided tours). This workbook targets the people at
the management level.

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

Vietnam is priming its tourism reopening strategy with the launch of a CNN International television commercial inviting travellers to consider Vietnam for their first holidays post Covid-19.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism commissioned the 30-second clip, which features some of Vietnam’s top tourism products and destinations and ends with the sentence, “When you’re ready to travel again, why not Vietnam?”

The video was created with support from the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) and can be viewed during commercial breaks on CNN Asia for six weeks starting 15 October as well as on the national tourism website ( and its social media channels.


Explore more stories about travel and tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion. 
MTCO is a proud partner of the ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Solutions Expo 2020. Please join us at this important virtual event on 5-6 November, 2020.
MTCO is pleased to support Mekong Institute and the Mekong Cooperation Fund of ROK (South Korea). Join this exciting photo and blog contest to win cash prizes. 
MTCO has been invited to present a case study of  Mekong Tourism at the City Nation Place Congress on November 11, 2020. Register for 50% off by using code "MEKONG50".
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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