The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Working Group had its beginnings in the Workshop on Tourism Development in Countries along the Mekong River held in Kunming, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China on 13-17 December 1994. The workshop was convened to pursue the implementation of five priority subregional tourism projects that were earlier endorsed by the GMS Ministers at the Third Conference on Subregional Cooperation held in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 20-23 April 1994. During the workshop, it was agreed that the successful implementation of subregional tourism projects would require regular consultations among the national tourism organizations of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) representatives of regional and international agencies concerned, and the private sector. The workshop recommended the establishment of the GMS Tourism Working Group, which was subsequently endorsed by the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Subregional Cooperation. The GMS Tourism Working Group reports to GMS Ministerial-level Conferences and the respective governments of each GMS country.

Main Objectives
The objective of the GMS Tourism Working Group  is to provide guidance and professional support for the implementation of subregional tourism projects.

Membership
The Tourism Working Group is comprised of senior level representatives of the 6 GMS National Tourism Organizations, appointed by thier respective governments.

Venue and Frequency of  GMS Tourism Working Group Meetings

The venue of GMS Tourism Working Group meetings rotates among the six participating countries. In principle, there are two meetings per year.

Minutes of GMS Tourism Working Group Meetings:

37th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

36th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

35th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

34th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

33th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group 

32th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group 

31th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group 

30th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

29th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

28th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

27th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

 26th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group 

 25th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group 

 24th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

 23rd Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

 22nd Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

 21st Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

 20th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

19th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group 

18th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group

 17th Meeting of the GMS  Tourism Working Group 

GMS Tourism Working Group Meetings: 1995-2005

• Sixteenth Meeting, 25-27 March 2005, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Meeting Summary

• Fifteenth Meeting, 26-28 March 2004, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Meeting Summary

• Fourteenth Meeting, 28-30 March 2003, Hanoi, Viet Nam. Meeting Summary

• Thirteenth Meeting, 4-6 April 2002, Yangon, Myanmar. Meeting Summary

• Twelfth Meeting, 30 March – 1 April 2001, Kunming, People’s Republic of China.  Meeting Summary

• Eleventh Meeting, 6-8 April 2000, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Meeting Summary

• Tenth Meeting, 28-30 November 1999, Vientiane, Lao PDR. Meeting Summary

• Ninth Meeting, 4-5 May 1999, Yangon, Myanmar. Meeting Summary

• Eighth Meeting, 25-26 November 1998, Kunming, People’s Republic of China. Meeting Summary

• Seventh Meeting, 6-7 April 1998, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Meeting Summary

• Sixth Meeting, 30-31 October 1997, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Meeting Summary

• Fifth Meeting, 29-30 May 1997, Chiang Rai, Thailand.  Meeting Summary

• Fourth Meeting, 22-23 November 1996, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.  Meeting Summary

• Third Meeting, 15-16 April 1996, Pattaya, Thailand. Meeting Summary

• Second Meeting, 18-21 December 1995, Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Meeting Summary

• First Meeting, 3-5 April 1995, Bangkok, Thailand.  Meeting Summary