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Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey.

2016 has quickly started, and MTCO is excited to launch exciting programs in the months to come to engage with the travel and tourism industry in the Greater Mekong Subregion, leveraging our new MekongTourism.org digital platform. For a list of key features, please visit: http://www.mekongtourism.org/about/key-website-features/
Be part of our journey @TourismMekong and engage with us. Capture, share, and tag your experiences with #TourismMekong. Please enjoy some of the highlights from the past month in our member countries. Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends. 

Enjoy your holidays, and I look forward to seeing you in 2016.
Jens Thraenhart
Executive Director - Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Exploring Cambodia and Viet Nam from the Water
Asia is a beautiful and immense continent with a wide variety of terrains, landscapes and even cityscapes at every turn. Read the trip journal from a Guardian journalist on a one week cruise watching the world go by. A fascinating Mekong River Cruise. 
Magic of the Mekong from China to Viet Nam 
How better to experience the full flavor of the region than by taking a lengthy Mekong river cruise that can run all the way from China to Vietnam. Read what a writer of the UK Telegraph has experienced. 
February Events in the Mekong Region
A few exciting events are happening this month. Get involved:
> In Laos, the Wat Phou Festival is held annually on the full moon of the 3rd month of lunar calendar, on the grounds of the enchanting pre-Angkorian Wat Phou remains in Champasack.  
> In Chiang Rai, PATA will hold its Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart on February 17-19. The day prior, MTCO Executive Director is presenting at the PATA Chiang Rai Chapter.
See more here
> In Bangkok, the Digi.travel Conference educates the industry about digital marketing trends, sharing economy, and content management, as well entering source markets such as China and Russia via e-marketing. In the evening, the 3rd Digital Innovation Asia Awards honour best practices in digital innovation in Asia travel and tourism.
Instagram Account @Tourism Mekong is "liked". 
The Instagram account of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office with the handle @TourismMekong got almost 5,000 likes from under 50 posts in less than six months. Follow us on Instagram and get inspired by the images that bring the Mekong Region alive.
MekongTourism.org wins prestigious Website Award 
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has won a 2015 Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Award for innovative website design and cutting edge marketing practices, for the recently re-launched MekongTourism.org digital platform. In addition to developing a new digital platform, MTCO has activated accounts on various social media platforms under the universal handle @TourismMekong. Please follow us on the various social media platforms.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tourismmekong
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tourismmekong
Instagram: https://instagram.com/tourismmekong/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tourismmekong
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mekong-tourism
Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/@tourismmekong
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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