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Welcome to the 14th Edition of our Mekong Tourism e-Newsletter

Third Award for
Our website,, has won its third industry award! At ITB Asia in Singapore last Thursday, won the Responsible Tourism Website category of the 9th Travelmole – ITB Asia Awards 2016. The TravelMole – ITB Asia Awards recognise the best web, social, mobile and travel technology deployments in the Asia Pacific travel & tourism industry.

Pictured above: Accepting the Award with me (centre) were Director General of Tourism Marketing, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR, Mr Saly Phimphinith (third from left) and Deputy Director of Marketing, Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia, Ms Lyna So (third from right). also won a Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Award in 2015 and a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award earlier this year.

Collaboration Key to Success of Mekong Tourism
Also at ITB Asia, during the Responsible Tourism Events series organised by Wild Asia, I had the opportunity to present MTCO's strategy of collaboration. I talked about our key initiatives to promote the Mekong region, including the Mekong Responsible Tourism Guide, the Mekong Tourism Human Impact Stories (with UNWTO), #MekongMoments, and the Mekong Tourism Contributor Program.

I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and collaboration on any of these initiatives.

Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

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

Cambodia’s Hospitality, Tourism Industry Leads War on Waste
More than 40 members of Siem Reap’s hospitality & tourism industry and the development sector have launched “Refill Not Landfill” ... Read more about it.

Central Coast Provinces Seek Help from Vietnam Government
Tourism authorities of four central coastal provinces of Vietnam affected by an industrial waste spill have requested support for tourism and related services ... Read more about it.

Myanmar’s Shan State Targets Illegal Tourism Operators
Tourism authorities are reportedly cracking down on companies offering tourism services without a licence in Myanmar’s southern Shan State ... Read more about it.

International Hotel Chains Invest in Phnom Penh
Mekong Tourism contributor Luc Citrinot looks into why international hotel brands are popping up in Phnom Penh and points to properties in the pipeline ... Read more about it.

90-Day Visa-Free Stay for Gulf Medical Tourists in Thailand
Medical tourists from the Gulf region, along with their families and “household service workers”, may be allowed to stay in Thailand for 90 days visa-free ... Read more about it.

Ten Years of "Transformational Tourism"
Wild Asia reflects on a decade of its Responsible Tourism Awards with a collection of case studies and a series of mini-documentaries ... Read more about it.

Observations on Sustainability Training in Hotels
Mekong Tourism Expert Daniel Koeppel offers his observations of effective (and not-so-effective) sustainability training for hotels. ... Read more about it.

Recent additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

Tourist Arrivals and Inclusive Growth
By Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Support Unit
This study aims to contribute to tourism policy discussions in the APEC region in two ways: the impact of 800 million arrivals by 2025 and links to inclusive growth ... Free download.

Slow Travel Thailand
By Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)
As part of its Amazing Thailand campaign, TAT produced a guidebook for slow travel in the Kingdom: 'Slow Travel Thailand: Taking time to enjoy what travel offers' ... Free download.

Meet Mekong Travel Storyteller Paul Eshoo

Paul Eshoo has worked on community-based ecotourism projects with various agencies in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam ... Read more about Paul Eshoo.

Paul's recent contributions:
"Nam Kat Yola Pa, Laos: More than a Nature Resort", 08 Sep 2016
"The Golden Triangle Triathlon 2016", 02 Sep 2016
"Pù Luông Nature Reserve: Ecolodges & Trekking", 21 Aug 2016
"Diving for the Environment in Phú Quốc", 03 Aug 2016

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.

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.


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