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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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: 12 Phanna Hotel Website: TBA
Day 2
07 Jun 2017

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 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
Day 3
08 Jun 2017

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 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...
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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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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).