Program

Hosted by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR (MICT), this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum is under the theme: Prosper with Purpose. The three-decade old event is free of charge for all tourism professionals.
Day 1
06 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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Jason Lusk
Jay Hyunjung Kim
Dominic Mellor
MIST – Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism
Inthy Deuansavan
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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Gerrit Kruger
Polkrit Thomya (Art)
Ric Gazarian

MTF 2017 Welcome Reception

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

Eat, Dance & Play – A Lao Triathlon

Experience Lao Culture on an exciting triathlon in the World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. Khiri Travel invites you to Eat, Dance & Play – A Lao Triathlon on the...
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Willem Niemeijer
Day 2
07 Jun 2017

MTF 2017 Opening Ceremony

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

MTF 2017 Keynote Speech 1: 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 Moderator: Imtiaz Muqbil -Executive Editor, TravelImpact Newswire Panel: Ms. Yin Myo Su – Founder/CEO, Inle Heritage Myanmar Mr. Inthy Deuansavan – Founder/CEO, Green Discovery Laos Mr. Michael...
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Imtiaz Muqbil
Yin Myo Su
Michael Zhou
Inthy Deuansavan

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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Kevin Wallace
Peter Richards
Jason Lusk
Tim Gamper
Charles Blocker
Sonomi Tanaka
Sahil Nair
Dr. Robyn Bushell
Rangsima Deesawade
Willem Niemeijer
Randy Durband
Robert Hecker

Track 1 – Niche Markets: Youth Market (1A) & Adventure Tourism (1B)

Track 1: Niche Markets This track will explore growing market segments, such as youth tourism and adventure tourism, and their relevance to the GMS. Session 1A: Youth Market Facilitator: Sahil...
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Phonethavy Thavonsouk
Sahil Nair
Willem Niemeijer

Track 2 – HCD: Talent Development (2A) & Women-led Enterprises (2B)

Track 2: Human Capital Development Attracting, training, and retaining good people is one of the toughest challenges faced by a travel & tourism business anywhere in the world. This is...
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Phayvanh Chanthasouk
Joanna Smith
Alichith Phengsavanh
Cho Cho Mar
Kai Marcus Schroeter
Jennifer Smith
Saysavath Chasane
Tim Gamper
Sonomi Tanaka
Yin Myo Su

Track 3 – Experiences: Food Tourism (3A) & Eco- and Wildlife Tourism (3B)

Track 3: Experience Development The 2015-2020 GMS Tourism Marketing Strategy shifted from “Explore Mekong” to “Experience Mekong”. The global traveller today is looking for experiences, such as interacting with communities,...
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Sivilay Duangdala
Charly Gomes
Janina Bikova
Sebastien Duffillot
Paul Eshoo
Vincent Vichit-Vadakan
Sinouk Sisombath
Inthy Deuansavan

Track 4 – Culture & Heritage: Intangible Heritage (4A) & Festivals (4B)

Track 4: Culture & Heritage Culture & heritage tourism promotes “travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present”. The...
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Vongdavone Vongxayarath
Jacinta Brown
Tara Gujadhur
Siphai Thammavong
Peter Richards
Potjana Suansri
Dr. Robyn Bushell
Gabriel Kuperman

Track 5 – Marketing: Emerging Marketing (5A) & Social Media (5B)

Track 5: Marketing & Sales Promoting products and services has increasingly shifted online. While the channel mix has changed, the fundamentals of marketing remain the same. Understanding markets, demographics, and...
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Sergey Kutuzov
Jason Lusk
Gerrit Kruger
Matthew Zatto
Sunny Yu

Track 6 – Responsible Tourism: Community-based Tourism (6A) & Child Protection (6B)

Track 6: Responsible Tourism Responsible tourism requires that everyone with a stake in tourism – operators, hoteliers, governments, locals, and travellers – take responsibility. Responsible tourism is about “making better...
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Gabriel Than Hlaing Oo
Jessica Tradati
Mike Haynes
Dr. Nicole Haeusler
Chin Pitak Norathepkitti
Barbara Schott
Rangsima Deesawade
Randy Durband

Track 7 – Connectivity: Aviation (7A) & River Cruise (7B)

Track 7: Carrier Capacity & Connectivity In addition to visa facilitation, transport infrastructure in the GMS has dramatically improved over the past decade – rail, river, road, and air. The...
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Joseph Cusmano
Jerome Trichard
Kevin Wallace
Joe Cummings
Luc Citrinot

Track 8 – Sustainable Investment: Hotel Investment (8A) & Green Clean Cities (8B)

Track 8: Sustainable Investment The ASEAN region bucked the trend in 2014, with a 5% increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) while global FDI fell 16%. “Developing Asia”, which includes...
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Champa Lattanasouvannaphonh
Derin Henderson
Bounkham (Khoa) Chaleunphol
Andreas Hofmann
Christian de Boer
Marco Julià Eggert
Charles Blocker
Rei Matsuda
Anchalika Kijkanakorn
Stefan Wolf
Victor Pang
Robert Hecker
Eric Ricaurte

MTF 2017 Gala Dinner

Includes Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Award Ceremony
Day 3
08 Jun 2017

MTF 2017 – Day 2 Welcome

Venue: Central Bank
Sounh Manivong

Mekong Trends

Get the latest stats and insights relevant to tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion from global research firm ForwardKeys. ForwardKeys will touch on the year-to-date as well as on-the-book performance...
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Jameson Wong

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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Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Tourism Strategy Panel

Moderator: Imtiaz Muqbil – Travel Impact Newswire What have we learned from the past? What are the opportunities for the future? Mr. Muqbil will moderate a panel of senior travel and...
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Le Tuan Anh
Imtiaz Muqbil
Luzi Matzig
Steven Schipani
Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Opportunities & Threats

Moderated by esteemed travel writer and Lonely Planet author Joe Cummings. Representatives of the GMS tourism industry give passionate 5-minute pleas about the opportunities and threats represented in  the new GMS...
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Zhu Jinsheng
Potjana Suansri
Polkrit Thomya (Art)
Rangsima Deesawade
Yin Myo Su
Joe Cummings
Michael Zhou

Keynote Speech 3 – Prosper with Purpose

Speaker: Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism & Sports Thailand: Mr. Anan Wongbenjarat In 2018, the Mekong Tourism Forum will be in Thailand. What does the industry has to...
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Anan Wongbenjarat

MTF 2018 Announcement & MTF Flag Handover

Lao PDR will handover the MTF Flag to Thailand. Followed by Photo Session
Dr.Soudaphone Khomthavong
Anan Wongbenjarat
Sounh Manivong
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...
Read More

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...
Read More
Kevin Wallace
Peter Richards
Jason Lusk
Tim Gamper
Charles Blocker
Sonomi Tanaka
Sahil Nair
Dr. Robyn Bushell
Rangsima Deesawade
Willem Niemeijer
Randy Durband
Robert Hecker

Track 1 – Niche Markets: Youth Market (1A) & Adventure Tourism (1B)

Track 1: Niche Markets This track will explore growing market segments, such as youth tourism and adventure tourism, and their relevance to the GMS. Session 1A: Youth Market Facilitator: Sahil...
Read More
Phonethavy Thavonsouk
Sahil Nair
Willem Niemeijer

Track 2 – HCD: Talent Development (2A) & Women-led Enterprises (2B)

Track 2: Human Capital Development Attracting, training, and retaining good people is one of the toughest challenges faced by a travel & tourism business anywhere in the world. This is...
Read More
Phayvanh Chanthasouk
Joanna Smith
Alichith Phengsavanh
Cho Cho Mar
Kai Marcus Schroeter
Jennifer Smith
Saysavath Chasane
Tim Gamper
Sonomi Tanaka
Yin Myo Su

Track 3 – Experiences: Food Tourism (3A) & Eco- and Wildlife Tourism (3B)

Track 3: Experience Development The 2015-2020 GMS Tourism Marketing Strategy shifted from “Explore Mekong” to “Experience Mekong”. The global traveller today is looking for experiences, such as interacting with communities,...
Read More
Sivilay Duangdala
Charly Gomes
Janina Bikova
Sebastien Duffillot
Paul Eshoo
Vincent Vichit-Vadakan
Sinouk Sisombath
Inthy Deuansavan

Track 4 – Culture & Heritage: Intangible Heritage (4A) & Festivals (4B)

Track 4: Culture & Heritage Culture & heritage tourism promotes “travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present”. The...
Read More
Vongdavone Vongxayarath
Jacinta Brown
Tara Gujadhur
Siphai Thammavong
Peter Richards
Potjana Suansri
Dr. Robyn Bushell
Gabriel Kuperman

Track 5 – Marketing: Emerging Marketing (5A) & Social Media (5B)

Track 5: Marketing & Sales Promoting products and services has increasingly shifted online. While the channel mix has changed, the fundamentals of marketing remain the same. Understanding markets, demographics, and...
Read More
Sergey Kutuzov
Jason Lusk
Gerrit Kruger
Matthew Zatto
Sunny Yu

Track 6 – Responsible Tourism: Community-based Tourism (6A) & Child Protection (6B)

Track 6: Responsible Tourism Responsible tourism requires that everyone with a stake in tourism – operators, hoteliers, governments, locals, and travellers – take responsibility. Responsible tourism is about “making better...
Read More
Gabriel Than Hlaing Oo
Jessica Tradati
Mike Haynes
Dr. Nicole Haeusler
Chin Pitak Norathepkitti
Barbara Schott
Rangsima Deesawade
Randy Durband

Track 7 – Connectivity: Aviation (7A) & River Cruise (7B)

Track 7: Carrier Capacity & Connectivity In addition to visa facilitation, transport infrastructure in the GMS has dramatically improved over the past decade – rail, river, road, and air. The...
Read More
Joseph Cusmano
Jerome Trichard
Kevin Wallace
Luc Citrinot

Track 8 – Sustainable Investment: Hotel Investment (8A) & Green Clean Cities (8B)

Track 8: Sustainable Investment The ASEAN region bucked the trend in 2014, with a 5% increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) while global FDI fell 16%. “Developing Asia”, which includes...
Read More
Champa Lattanasouvannaphonh
Derin Henderson
Bounkham (Khoa) Chaleunphol
Andreas Hofmann
Christian de Boer
Marco Julià Eggert
Charles Blocker
Rei Matsuda
Anchalika Kijkanakorn
Stefan Wolf
Victor Pang
Robert Hecker
Eric Ricaurte

MTF 2017 Food Festival

The final evening of MTF 2017. Enjoy local food in a magic location at the Mekong River. Share your Mekong Moments with old and new friends. Venue: Grand Hotel Luang Prabang...
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Day 4
09 Jun 2017

MTF 2017 Post Tours

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

Hosted by the Ministry of Information, Culture, & Tourism (MICT), Lao PDR, this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum is themed: Prosper with Purpose. The free-of-charge event (for eligible tourism professionals) will feature the first Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) and a Blogger Matchup on June 6 and, on June 7 & 8, inspirational keynotes and 16 “breakthrough” sessions along eight parallel tracks hosted at experiential venues in and around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang. Organised in close collaboration with MICT and Luang Prabang Tourism, MTF 2017 will end with a range of interesting half- to multi-day technical tours (June 9).