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Dear Mekong Tourism Stakeholder,

We wish everybody a great start into 2018 with health, happiness, and success.

The first major tourism event of the region traditionally is the ASEAN Tourism Forum - hosted this year in Chiang Mai by the Ministry of Tourism & Sports of Thailand.

MTCO was invited by the ASEAN Secretariat and the ten member governments to give an update on Mekong Tourism at the 47th ASEAN NTO Meeting.

This year, Mekong Tourism also has a booth at ATF TRAVEX - please visit us at G10. We would also like to invite all of you to our Mekong Tourism Press Conference at ATF on Friday, January 26th at 1:30 to 2:15pm, when we will announce our first regional tourism marketing campaign to promote the Mekong Region, as well the 2018 Mekong Tourism Forum in Nakhon Phanom from June 27-29. Registrations and more information will be available end of January at www.MekongTourismForum.org.  




We look forward to hearing from you as always, and hope you enjoy this first newsletter in 2018. 

Have a great week!
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

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

THAILAND SHOWCASES THAI LOCAL EXPERIENCES AT ATF 2018

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018 in Chiang Mai from 22 to 26 January is underway with Thailand rolling out the red carpet to welcome participants under the theme of ‘Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity’. ... Read more about it.

MYANMAR WORKS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

Myanmar’s Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio recently called for exploring sustainable tourism development plan, stressing the need to create new tourism routes and attractions and to combine innovation with its abundant natural resources to create more choice for tourists. ... Read more about it.

ADB LAUNCHES INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST IN THE MEKONG SUBREGION

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today launched a photo contest on Instagram to showcase the development progress in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and demonstrate how a focus on increased regional cooperation and integration can improve people’s lives. ... Read more about it.

VIETNAM AIMS TO BOOST TOURISM

Vietnam wants to make tourism a key economic sector by 2020 that creates a driving force for the development of other sectors. The country expects to attract 17-20 million foreign visitors and 82 million domestic ones by then. ... Read more about it.

FIVE REASONS AIR TRAVEL IS BOOMING IN THE GREATER MEKONG SUBREGION

The Greater Mekong Subregion is one of the fast-growing markets for air transport services today. Scheduled flights in the subregion have been increasing rapidly as both premium and low-cost airlines expand their fleet and new flight routes are introduced. ... Read more about it.

TIGER TOURISM: CAMBODIA’S NEWEST CASH PLOY

Just 20 years ago, Cambodia was a country that many travelers to Southeast Asia skipped over to get to Thailand, Vietnam and other regional rivals. These days, they are flocking to see the country’s pristine beaches, picturesque pagodas and famed Angkor temple complex. ... Read more about it.

PARTNERSHIP WITH YUNNAN TO BOOST TOURISM

Cambodia and tourism authorities in the Chinese province of Yunnan pledged earlier this week to work together to boost Cambodia’s appeal as a tourism destination, particularly through the development of its human capital and new tourism products. ... Read more about it.

FEATURED MEMBER OF THE EXPERIENCE MEKONG COLLECTION: WILDLIFE ECOTOURISM – NAM ET, LAO PDR

"The Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) is the largest national protected area in the Lao PDR, and is remarkable for its rich wildlife biodiversity with a wide range of species, many endangered, including the critically-endengered Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon, 6 cat species, 2 bear species, a wild dog dhole - to name few". ... Read more about it.

Recent Additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

STRATEGY FOR PROMOTING SAFE AND ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY AGRO-BASED VALUE CHAINS IN THE GMS

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has a great opportunity to be a major supplier of safe and environment-friendly agriculture products (SEAP). ... Download for free.

GMS TOURISM SECTOR STRATEGY 2016-2025
In 2004-2005, at the request of the GMS TWG and with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the first GMS Tourism Sector Strategy (GMS TSS) was formulated. In 2016, the GMS TWG updated the document to guide subregional tourism cooperation through 2025. ... 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.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

MTCO is active on various social media platforms under the universal handle @TourismMekong. Please follow and engage with us by clicking on the links below:

Twitter: twitter.com/tourismmekong
Facebook: facebook.com/tourismmekong
Instagram: instagram.com/tourismmekong
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LinkedIn: Mekong Tourism discussion group
 
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