MTF: Meet the destination

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 7 June 2017: The Mekong Tourism Forum 2017, kicked off this morning at the Central Bank building, Luang Prabang.

Hosted by the Provincial Government of Luang Prabang, a famed UNESCO World Heritage town, the MTF attracted over 200 travel executives and leaders from the Mekong Region.

The event is an annual gathering of leaders from the six country grouping that represents tourism in Cambodia, China (Yunnan and Guang Xi provinces) Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Read more

Start-up battle for grants

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 5 May 2017: Twelve start-up travel enterprises from Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam will vie for a top prize of USD10,000 as they pitch their business plans to a panel of judges at the Mekong Tourism Forum, 6 June in Luang Prabang.

Four finalists will finish on the podium with the first winner taking home a prize USD10,000 and three runners up taking prizes of USD7,000 up to USD9,000.

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) leads the grant programme that has the backing of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Mekong Business Initiative (MBI). Read more

Asia DMC launches Roots and Fruits

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 March 2017: HG Foundation and ASIA DMC are celebrating 20 years since the founding of its parent travel firm in Vietnam with a ‘Roots and Fruits’ tree-planting campaign across the nine countries in Asia where the company currently operates.

The campaign will unfold with the planting of hundreds of fruit trees across remote areas in countries where the company has a presence.

Roots and Fruits spearheads tree planting using funds raised by charitable initiatives introduced through the tour operator’s subsidiaries; ASIA DMC, Bhaya Cruises, Sens Asia, Gotadi and HG Aviation. Read more

MTF draws top keynote speaker

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Laos PDR, Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 29 March 2017: Travel and tourism industry “visionary” Anna Pollock, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Pabang, Laos, 6 to 9 June.

Founder of Conscious.Travel, she will address the event’s theme “Prosper with Purpose”, with a speech entitled “Passion + Purpose = Prosperity”.

The UK-based speaker’s appearance at MTF 2017 is sponsored by EXO Foundation. Read more

Mekong introduces ‘Walkabout Forum’

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Registration is now open for the Mekong Tourism Forum 2017 to be hosted by Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, 6 to 9 June.

According to a post by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, this year’s forum theme is “Prosper with Purpose”.

MTF 2017 promises to deliver what the organisers call “interactive topical sessions” hosted at multiple experiential venues in and around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town. Read more

MTF takes meeting outdoors

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Mekong, News

VIENTIANE, 22 February 2017: Lao PDR will host the annual Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang 6 to 9 June adopting the theme, “Prosper with Purpose”.

Last week Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, met with Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism officials to finalise details of the two-day programme.

After the official welcome ceremony and morning keynote presentations the event will offer delegates a choice of eight “different tracks with two sessions each in the afternoons.   Read more

HR the key to Mekong success

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 17 February 2017: The tourism industry must view human capital development and human resource development as “strategic pillars” if the industry is to be a leader adopting responsible and sustainable values, according to Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart.

“In the Mekong Tourism region we want multiple-bottom-line outcomes,” Mr Thraenhart said. “But they are so much tougher to work towards when the industry’s demand for qualified and committed people far exceeds supply.”

When travel and tourism organisations find it difficult to employ experienced, qualified, or appropriately trained people, service quality is impacted, said Thraenhart. Read more

Fast tracking Mekong startups

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

HANOI, 14 February 2017: Startup travel, or travel technology, companies in four Mekong Region nations could win grants to fund their new ventures through a programme backed by the Asian Development Bank.

An Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative was announced, Monday, outlining two accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

The so called accelerators provide a channel to fast track the formation of new ventures in the Mekong Region, fine tune business plans and give startups a chance to walk away with a USD10,000 or USD7,000 grant. Read more

Mekong messages flow to Berlin

January 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 10 January 2017: Mekong Tourism is poised to announce a partnership with ITB, the world’s largest tourism tradeshow organiser, that will lift the profile of the Mekong Region in Asia and Europe.

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thranehart, in a New Year message to stakeholders and Mekong Region tourism supporters, said the partnership had taken two years to put together.

The partnership will open the door for the MTCO to secure a slot at the ITB Berlin and possibly ITB Asia to showcase what Thranehart described as a “mini Mekong Tourism Forum”. Read more

Boat trip on Mekong River checks sights

December 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 20 December 2016: Representatives of the public and private sectors in four upper northern provinces enjoyed a boat trip, last week, along the Mekong River that was reportedly designed to explore tourism potential in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

Chiang Rai’s vice governor, Boonwet Sripuangjai, led the 120-km cruise that started in the riverside town of Chiang Saen in Chiang Rai and ended up river in Kenglap Township in Myanmar.

Participants were supposed to survey the potential and come up with itineraries that could be sold by travel agencies and travel booking websites that would put Chiang Rai on the tourist map. Read more

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