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Dear Mekong Tourism Stakeholder,

Nakhon Phanom is ready to host the 2018 Mekong Tourism Forum!

H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports and the Governor of Nakhon Phanom H.E. Mr. Somchai Vitdamrong announced Thailand’s readiness as the host country of the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, and looking forward to welcoming delegates to Thailand’s Northeastern or Isan province of Nakhon Phanom for MTF 2018, during 25-29 June 2018, with the theme of ‘Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives.’

Make sure you register for free at MekongTourismForum.org.

From innovative travel startups to inspiring mini movies to thought-provoking keynotes to discussions about  Buddhist Tourism - MTF 2018 has something for anybody.  And not to forget, for the first time ever, we will have eight thematic strategy workshops in eight ethnic villages. A unique experience not to be missed.

But most importantly, it is about joining the discussion and networking with industry colleagues, in one of the oldest cities along the Mekong River in Thailand and a former Kingdom. The MTF Food Festival will combine the the culinary diversity from Thailand, Isaan, Laos, and Viet Nam - something very special.

I am looking forward to seeing many in Nakhon Phanom in less than 3 weeks. We will also be at TTM+ in Pattaya next week, should anybody want to meet up. 

Have a great week!
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director, MTCO

News & Articles of the Week

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

NAKHON PHANOM TO BE THE CENTRE OF MEKONG TOURISM DURING MTF

The hosting of the Mekong Tourism Forum in Nakhon Phanom by Thailand from June 25 to 29 is an opportunity for the entire area to become a true hub for tourism development in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. ... Read more about it.

CHINA, VIETNAM TO EXPAND CROSS-BORDER SELF-DRIVE TOURS

China and Vietnam have announced plans to expand cross-border self-driving tours to boost tourism in the two countries. In June, China and Vietnam will launch cross-border self-driving routes from the southern Chinese cities of Guilin and Fangchenggang, to Mong Cai and Ha Long City in Vietnam. ... Read more about it.

MYANMAR GOES FOR A BIGGER SLICE OF SE ASIA’S MICE PIE

Stakeholders in Myanmar are keen to attract more incentive groups and exhibitions as the destination betters its tourist infrastructure and meeting facilities. Su Su Tin, managing director of EXO Myanmar, noted interest in incentive travel is on the rise. ... Read more about it.

AIR CHINA TO LAUNCH NEW BEIJING-HANOI ROUTE

Air China will launch a new service between Beijing and Hanoi on 1 June, 2018. The non-stop route will enable passengers to travel from Beijing to Vietnam’s charming capital city in just four hours. ... Read more about it.

ASEAN OFFICIALS EXPLORE BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM

Twenty representatives from the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism learned more about community participation in tourism during a three-day workshop in Cambodia last week. The workshop, aimed at the training of trainers and disseminating the Asean Community-Based Tourism (CBT) Standard. ... Read more about it.

THAILAND TO HOST WORLD GASTRONOMY FORUM

The fourth annual World Gastronomy Forum, organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the Basque Culinary Centre, is taking place from May 30 to June 1 in Thailand, the first country in Asia to host the event. ... Read more about it.

‘VISIT LAOS YEAR 2018’: A REAL BOOST FOR THE TOURISM INDUSTRY?

The appearance of Laos as a land with beautiful nature, peaceful temples, and historical architecture with a French touch often misleads people into thinking that the tourism industry is a considerable part of the tiny, landlocked Southeast Asian state’s economy. ... Read more about it.

VIETNAM BECOMES POPULAR DESTINATION FOR SOUTH KOREANS

Vietnam welcomed 2.4 million tourists from South Korea last year, a 56.4% increase on 2016 according to the General Statistics Office. About 5.5 million international tourists came to Vietnam in the first four months of 2018, including 1.17 million South Koreans, a 67% increase on last year. ... Read more about it.

NOMINATE RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL BUSINESSES FOR THE EXPERIENCE MEKONG COLLECTION

The Experience Mekong Collection seeks to showcase the most innovative responsible and sustainable travel businesses in the Greater Mekong Subregion, as part of our Mekong Responsible Travel commitment. Please nominate your favourite businesses. ... Read more about it.

FEATURED MEMBER OF THE EXPERIENCE MEKONG COLLECTION: ISAN EXPLORER – KHON KAEN, THAILAND

Isan Explorer, based in Khon Kaen, Thailand, is a small family-run company that travels almost exclusively in the rarely visited Northeastern Thailand region, which is known as Isan. All Isan Explorer daytrips and overnight tours go beyond the usual destinations. ... Read more about it.
 

Recent Additions to the Mekong Tourism e-Library

SECOND GLOBAL REPORT ON GASTRONOMY TOURISM

In 2012, UNWTO Affiliate Members Programme launched the Global Report on Food Tourism outlining the state of gastronomy tourism. The report presented various examples of tourism and gastronomy professionals with extensive experience in international organizations, destination management, in both tourism enterprises and training schools. ... 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.

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