Mekong Tourism

Forum 2017

June 6-9, 2017
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Luang Prabang, Lao PDR
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Register Online
Mekong Tourism

Forum 2017

June 6-9, 2017
/
Luang Prabang, Lao PDR
/
Register Online

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is administered out of the offices of the Department of Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, based in Bangkok, and was established with funding from the six governments of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand, which represent the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). A common goal of both of public and private sectors in all countries is to create sustainable tourism profit. This is achieved optimally by increasing inbound tourism yield, by developing quality products that tourists are willing to buy, and inciting longer stays with enhanced motivation to revisit. Thus, GMS’s strategy is to “develop and promote the Mekong Region as a single tourism destination. In 2014 the GMS welcomed 51.8 million international tourist arrivals, representing a 3% share of the global market.for the latest news, stories, and statistics from the Greater Mekong Subregion, please visit www.MekongTourism.org.

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Mekong Tourism Forum: The GMS must-attend Conference

The Mekong Tourism Forum provides a cooperative platform for public and private sector stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), and monitor sustainable and responsible tourism growth. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has revived the forum in 2010 taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the theme of “New Roads, New Opportunities”. Followed by MTF2011  “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star” in Pakse, Laos,  MTF2012 in Chiang Rai, Thailand with the theme of “20/20 Vision: Building on Two Decades of GMS Cooperation”, MTF2013 in Guilin, China with the theme ““The Rise of the Chinese traveller: Optimizing the impacts for the GMS”, MTF2014 in Mandalay, Myanmar with the theme “Tourism investment for the protection of Heritage and Culture”, MTF2015 in Da Nang, Viet Nam with the theme “Unlocking the GMS via Innovative Partnerships”,and MTF 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with the theme “Authentic Experiences along the Mekong River.”

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Don't Miss MTF 2017

Hosted by the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT) in UNESCO World Heritage Town Luang Prabang from June 6-9, the three-decade old event is now free of charge for all tourism professionals. After inspiring keynotes in the morning, MTF2017 will feature eight topical tracks with two sessions each in experiential venues all around Luang Prabang. The day prior, we will host the first MIST (Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism), in partnership between ADB and MTCO to support local travel and tourism startups. On the same day in the afternoon, will also have a half-day session to educate travel and tourism operators how to engage with influential bloggers. MTF2017 is under the theme: Prosper with Purpose. Optional post-MTF technical tours allow to explore the area around Luang Prabang. Don’t miss this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum, which is testing a new concept to showcase the destination by matching 8 topic tracks with 2 sessions each with 16 experiential sessions. Take a look at the sessions by clicking on the link below. MTF 2018 will be hosted in Thailand by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS).

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38Days
3Hours
7Mins
46Secs

Speakers

Program

Prosper with Purpose
Day 1
06 Jun 2017
Day 2
07 Jun 2017
Day 3
08 Jun 2017
Day 4
09 Jun 2017

MIST – Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism

The climax of the Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) initiative will take place all day as shortlisted finalists pitch their business plans to a panel of venture capitalists and...
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Dominic Mellor
Sieng Van Tran
Clement Wong
Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Tourism Sector Strategy Open Forum

Moderated by: Steven Schipani, ADB & Jens Thraenhart, MTCO In 2004-2005, at the request of the GMS TWG and with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a GMS Tourism...
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Steven Schipani
Jens Thraenhart

Blogger Match-Up @ MTF 2017

The Blogger Match-Up at MTF 2017 will provide hands-on practical training for the travel and tourism industry in the areas of understanding working with bloggers, and connecting with some of the most...
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MTF 2017 Welcome Reception

Venue: Xishuangpanna Hotel Website: http://www.xishuangbannahotel.com

MTF 2017 Opening Ceremony

Venue: Central Bank 9:00 ‎- 10:30 – MTF 2017 Opening Ceremony Speakers: > Governor of Luang Prabang > Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism – Lao PDR > Executive Director...
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Jens Thraenhart

Breakthrough Lunch

Visit a popular Luang Prabang eatery on your way to the first breakthrough session. Every track will visit a different small restaurant to give delegates an opportunity to enjoy an...
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Breakthrough Sessions

Please register for your preferred session – only select one session in category C. We will try our best to accommodate your preference, but cannot guarantee. We apologise if your preference is not...
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MTF 2017 Gala Dinner

  Venue: Central Bank Website: N/A

MTF 2017 – Day 2 Welcome

Venue: Central Bank

Mekong Tourism Strategy

The session will give a summary of the new GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2025, and how it connects with the GMS Experience Mekong Tourism Strategy 2015-2020; some of our Mekong...
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Steven Schipani
Jens Thraenhart

MTF 2017 Keynote Speech: Prosper with Purpose

PROSPER WITH PURPOSE Passion + Purpose = Prosperity! Speaker: Anna Pollock – Founder, Conscious.Travel   Up until a decade or so ago, the purpose of business was never questioned –...
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Anna Pollock

MTF 2017 Keynote Panel

Venue: Central Bank

MTF 2017 Press Conference

By Invitation only

Breakthrough Lunch

Visit a popular Luang Prabang eatery on your way to the first breakthrough session. Every track will visit a different small restaurant to give delegates an opportunity to enjoy an...
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Breakthrough Sessions

Please register for your preferred session – only select one session in category D. We will try our best to accommodate your preference, but cannot guarantee. We apologise if your preference is not...
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MTF 2017 Food Festival

  Venue: Santi Resort & Spa Mountains on the horizon, rice fields at your doorstep, ponds and canals of lotus flowers, creeks, and waterfalls are the setting for Santi Resort...
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MTF 2017 Post Tours

Please visit MTF 2017 Post Tours for more information and to register.

Location

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

 

 

 

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