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Welcome to the 15th Edition of our Mekong Tourism e-Newsletter

Very soon we will announce two new initiatives: Mekong Tourism Networks and the Mekong Tourism Startup Initiative. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we wish to expand the scope of our e-library to become an even more valuable reference resource for tourism stakeholders in the region. Tour and cruise operators, development partners and NGOs, are welcome to participate. Scroll down to read more about it.

I look forward to your feedback, suggestions, and collaboration on all our various projects.

Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

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

CLMV Leaders Issue Joint Statement in Ha Noi
Leaders of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) issued a Joint Statement after their 8th Cooperation Summit in Ha Noi on October 26 ... Read more about it.

Vietnam on Track to Break 10 Million Tourism Arrivals in 2016
For January to September 2016, Vietnam saw international visitor arrivals reach 7.27 million, a surge of 25.7% over the same period in 2015 ... Read more about it.

Mekong River Dolphin “Functionally Extinct” in Laos: WWF
The Mekong River dolphin—also known as the Irrawaddy dolphin—is functionally extinct in Laos, according to WWF ... Read more about it.

Wa Ways Alive and Well in Yunnan
Journalists of the "Women of China" travelled to Yunnan Province to report on the area’s grassroots activities that keep culture alive ... Read more about it.

Southern Laos Wins PATA CEO Challenge Top Destination 2016
PATA's Top Tourism Destination 2016 Award recognises Southern Laos as an emerging destination displaying unique and diverse culture and heritage ... Read more about it.

Laos Promises to Phase out Tiger Farms: Conservation Groups
Laos has promised to phase out farms that breed tigers for body parts; a positive step from a major hub of wildlife trafficking in Asia, conservation groups said ... Read more about it.

Laos Seeks Heritage Status for Hin Nam No
Laos plans to submit documents by February 2017 to obtain UNESCO World Heritage status for Hin Nam No National Protected Area ... Read more about it.

Hospitality Strategy Conference in Bangkok
A HSMAI Strategy Conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on November 15, focused on hotel "revenue, digital, distribution" ... Read more about it. Submit your event.

New Categories for Mekong Tourism e-Library

The Mekong Tourism e-library invites contributions from stakeholders in the following new content 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.

Meet Mekong Travel Storyteller John Cragen

John is a professional actor and avid traveller from San Francisco, California, who began using his background in broadcast journalism to produce travel videos as an educational tool ... Read more about John Cragen.

John's recent contributions:
Angkor Wat from the Inside Out, 30 Oct 2016
Street Food Diplomacy in Hoi An, Vietnam, 06 Sep 2016
Street Food in the Mekong Region – Part 2: Hanoi, 12 Apr 2016
Street Food in the Mekong Region – Part 1: Bangkok, 05 Apr 2016
Quiet Comfort At Mai Chau Ecolodge, 18 Feb 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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