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Welcome to the 5th edition of our Mekong Tourism Newsletter.

The year has started fast, and we have already the busy period of 2016. At the PATA Chiang Rai Chapter Meeting, we introduced our unique Mekong Tourism Contributor Program to the industry. We are also working with the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism to plan for the 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum in Sihanoukville in July.   Please get engaged with us, feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends and colleagues. 

I look forward to seeing you in 2016.
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director - Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Events: Join festivals in the GMS in March
Quite a few interesting events take place in the Mekong Region to experience the unique culture and heritage of the specific destinations. From the Pindaya Cave Festival in Myanmar to the World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony or the Ha Long cherry blossom festival in Viet Nam - take your pick. Please check out our Events Calendar for more information. We are also happy to post any events in the region - just contact us.
MTCO: Mekong Tourism Contributor Program introduced 
Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), by invitation of the Chairman of the PATA Chiang Rai Chapter, held a Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG) Meeting, presenting newly launched programs to the travel and tourism industry of Northern Thailand, prior to the PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference in Chiang Rai. Around 20 professionals from hotels, airlines, tour operators, restaurants, media, and attractions joined the interactive discussion, following the presentation.  
Cambodia: 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum to be held in Sihanoukville from July 5-8
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is working with the Cambodia Ministry of Toruism (MoT) to plan this year's Mekong Tourism Forum. Save your date for July 5-8 in Sihanoukville at the beautiful Southern Coast. More information will be available soon at www.MekongTourismForum.org
Featured Story: Visit Kompong Luong Floating Village in Cambodia
After you have seen the temples at Angkor Wat, tanned yourselves on the beaches of Sihanoukville, and walked somberly through the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh, it is time to explore some of the other corners of Cambodia. Join Mekong Tourism Contributor Ric Gazarian as he explores floating village of Kompong Luong, which is north of Krakor on the south-western side Tonle Sap Lake. 
MekongTourism.org:  Customise your online experience based on interests
Using the #TourismMekong hashtag, MTCO has been active in showcasing unique experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Make sure you follow @TourismMekong on Instagram, and tag your own experiences in the Mekong Region that you upload on Instagram with #TourismMekong.  The best photos will be shared on our Instagram Page, as well as on our Facebook Page. MTCO has activated accounts on various social media platforms under the universal handle @TourismMekong to engage with stakeholders and disseminate content. Please follow us by clicking on the links below.
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mekong-tourism
 
Mekong Tourism is a collaborative effort between Cambodia, China, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand,
and Vietnam to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion as a single tourism destination.
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