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Dear Mekong Tourism Stakeholder,

We invite travel and tourism professionals in the Greater Mekong Subregion, other parts of Asia, and from all over the world to join us at the Virtual Destination Mekong Summit on August 25th. In order to help the travel and tourism industry, we have waived registration fees, so registration is free at:

Over 40 speakers in 4 hours including former Ministers of Tourism of Thailand HE Senator Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, and H.E. Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, former Minister of Tourism of Myanmar H.E. Mr. Htay Aung, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia Dr. Thong Khon, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism HE. Dr. Ha Van Sieu, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (and former Minister of Tourism of Mexico) H.E. Ms. Gloria Guevara, former Secretary General of the UNWTO Dr. Taleb Rifai, PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy, former Deputy Secretary General of the UNWTO and first CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Keynote speakers Professor Dr. Simon Hudson and Professor Dr. Ian Yeoman, Deputy Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, and Chief Commercial Officer of Minor Hotels Mr. Michael Marshall, and former UNWTO Director for Asia Pacific Mr. Xu Jing, as well as executives from organizations such as IATA, STR, Dragon Trail Interactive, ADB, Worldbank, Exo Travel, Accor Hotels, Yaana Ventures, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of PR China, Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism of Lao PDR, JTB Travel Japan, GSTC, Ecpat, Horwath HTL, Lonely Planet, and Wildlife Conservation Society - just to name a few. 

Under the theme of “Balanced Tourism Recovery for a Better Future”, the 1st Virtual Destination Mekong Summit has been created with feedback and significant contributions by members of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG), and a focus on resilience and tourism recovery in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The event aims to give actionable insights and action steps to businesses, operating in the member countries of the Mekong Region. With 15 short sessions, from discussing changing sentiments from source markets China and Japan, recommendations for the meetings sector, latest data and insights for travel businesses, how to communicate to stakeholders in these times, the ever-increasing importance of sustainability including climate change, plastic pollution, child protection, and wildlife conservation, as well as scenario analysis to prepare for the future today.  

Our DMS 2020 preparation calls already stimulate exciting discussions - so for sure, you don't want to miss the 1st Virtual Destination Mekong Summit on August 25th from 1:30pm to 6pm (Bangkok time). 

Preparation call with H.E. Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Dr. Mario Hardy, H.E. Ms. Gloria Guevara, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Mr. Jens Thraenhart (from left to right)
Please feel free to invite your friends, partners, employees, members, and anybody else you think would enjoy coming together online to discuss travel and tourism in these challenging times.

We have also continued with our Coronavirus Update Webinars, as well as having started our Experience Mekong Collection webinar series to feature the stories of innovative small businesses in the region. You can listen to the latest ones below.
9th MeTAG Meeting with country updates from Cambodia and Myanmar
1st Experience Mekong Collection Webinar
Finally, for the first time, we have hosted our 45th Mekong Tourism Working Group Meeting virtually. Nevertheless, the meeting was successful and engaging. 
With this, I wish you a good week. Please stay healthy and take care of your family and employees. As always, please feel free to reach out - we love to hear from you! 

Kind regards,

Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)
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This time: Winner Mekong Mini Movie Festival 2019 - Cambodia
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The Experience Mekong Collection is operated by Destination Mekong. Please see all Experience Mekong Showcases here.


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The Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism program (MIST) is operated by Destination Mekong.  See all the finalists of MIST 2019 here
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This document was prepared by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the contribution of the Members of the Tourism Crisis Committee comprised, the private sector - the UNWTO Affiliate Members, 

Find more resources in our MTCO e-library for free download.
The Ministry of Tourism is moving to restore the devastated tourism sector by preparing a so-called travel bubble plan to gradually receive international tourists, even if the Kingdom is seeing a rise in new cases of COVID-19.

Tourism Minister Thong Khon said the ministry has already drafted guidelines on visits via a travel bubble, also described as a one-way closed-loop chartered plane journey in Cambodia.

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