ADB funds flow to the Mekong

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Mekong, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 12 July 2017: Achieving balance in Mekong Region tourism was the underlying theme of keynote addresses and discussions at breakout sessions during the 20th Mekong Tourism Forum held last week in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos.

But will the region’s tourism policy makers listen to the call for caution, balance and possibly a rethink of long-term goals?

The region known as the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is heading for an astounding tourist head count of 66.9 million this year and based on the GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016 to 2025 the region is on track to welcome 95 million visitors by 2025. Read more

Can the GMS connect rail by 2020?

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 7 June 2017: Rail systems fail to figure in the Mekong Region travel picture, but that might change over the next 10 years as plans to build new lines and link existing rail networks take shape in the six-country region.

A report on the Greater Mekong Subregion website challenges readers. “Imagine boarding the overnight sleeper train in Ho Chi Minh City and waking up in Bangkok, or in Yangon a few days later.”

This is not a remotely possible today in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), but officials and executives of the Asian Development Bank believe that could change a dream into reality by 2020. 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

ADB studies Cambodia’s beach tourism

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIHANOUKVILLE, 15 February 2017: The Asian Development Bank is funding a study on the development of tourism in Sihanoukville province for Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism

Khmer Times reported the project will study how to attract more tourists, improve access, introduce capacity management and encourage protection of the environment especially marine and beach assets

The study will focus on sustainable development of tourism and infrastructure in Sihanoukville, including Koh Rong. Read more

Open doors open business

July 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, Mekong, News

SIHANOUKVILLE, 7 July 2016: Mekong Region’s tourism stakeholders should adopt openness as the core value to ensure the industry achieves another decade of successful expansion.

That was the core message  presented by Asian Development Bank management specialist, Steven Schipani, in his remarks on preparations for the 2016 to 2025 Mekong Tourism Sector Strategy.

He was addressing 200 delegates at the opening day’s session of the Mekong Tourism Forum in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, earlier this week. Read more

ADB backs Mon State project

December 18, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

MON STATE, 18 December 2015: Asian Development Bank (ADB) will administer a USD3 million project funded by Japan to ensure job creation and income generation for small businesses in Myanmar’s Mon State.

According to ADB statement, released on Wednesday, the project will build new employment opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs selling crafts and local food to tourists and residents in four townships in Mon state—Chaungzon Island, Kyaikto, Mawlamyine and Mudon.

The four towns are part of the Myanmar section of what ADB identifies as the Greater Mekong Subregion East-West Economic Corridor. In its entirety it links Myanmar to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Read more

ADB: Disasters could double

December 1, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Southeast Asia

MANILA, 1 December 2015: Climate disasters may double in the next two decades unless the world cuts its carbon dioxide emissions, the Asian Development Bank said Friday, with “high risk” nations in Asia set to be hard hit.

As the world climate summit opens in Paris, the Manila-based lender said deadlier storms, floods and heat waves were linked to rising global temperatures, adding to a growing chorus on the catastrophic effects of climate change.

The report, which looked at disasters from 1970 to 2013, said if carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere continued to rise at an annual rate of two parts per million, the frequency of climate disasters could double in 17 years. Read more

Mekong tourism plans unfurl

October 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 6 October 2015: The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has released details of its latest marketing strategy and action plan that covers the period 2015 to 2020.

The six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries – Cambodia, Laos, China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam signed off on the plan at the 20th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ministerial Conference in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 10 September.

Called “Experience Mekong Tourism Marketing Strategy and Action Plan 2015 to 2020” it has taken almost a month for the group’s press release to go public.

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Myanmar sets a hot pace for tourism

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 April 2015: Myanmar’s tourism master plan has 21 projects that are critically important to help the country grow its tourism at an impressive pace through to 2020.

Tourism Promotion and International Relations Department director, Daw Khin Than Win, told Global New Light of Myanmar that 12 projects identified in the master plan are being undertaken by Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in cooperation with development partners.

“A project for tourism development in the Bagan region in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and another focusing on Mawlamyine and Kyaik-hto regions in cooperation with Asian Development Bank are among the ongoing tasks that will run for the next two or three years.”

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ADB loans head for Laos

April 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

BOKEO, 23 April 2015: Lao authorities expect to gain Asian Development Bank funding later this year for a project to improve roads and infrastructure in Huay Xai district of Bokeo that could boost tourist arrivals.

The proposed project will be funded by an Asian Development Bank loan at a cost of USD24 million with the Lao government contributing a modest USD1 million. Usually ADB support is partially in grants and soft loans.

The province’s deputy governor, Khamking Euaymanihak, told Vientiane Times that ADB would approve funding for the project in September.

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