Mekong Tourism Forum successfully showcases industry collaboration in new decentralised conference model

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Luang Prabang, Lao PDR – June 19, 2017: Nearly 400 travel and tourism industry professionals exchanged lessons and experiences to promote competitive, inclusive, and sustainable tourism at the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF 2017), held on 5–9 June in Luang Prabang, Laos. Hosted by the Luang Prabang Provincial Government and the Ministry of Information, Culture […]

MIST Tourism Accelerator Announces Winners

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR – 9 June 2017 – The MIST tourism accelerator announced the recipients of four 2017 Mekong Business Initiaitive Innovation Grants. GoP, a travel tech startup from Myanmar, took top prize and will receive USD $10,000. Artisan Origins by TAEC, a social enterprise from Lao PDR, as well as Cambodia’s Camboticket and […]

CLMVT cement tourism partnership

CAMBODIA, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their cooperation in promoting tourism. The countries’ leaders agreed on their tourism partnership during the two-day Regional Workshop on Methods and Strategies for Implementing Public Private Sector, which kicked off here on Wednesday. The workshop was the first for the public and private […]

Plans for floating market in the works

The local entrepreneur who brought the capital its first container night market is seeking government support to realise his vision for the country’s first custom-built floating market and entertainment complex. Srey Chanthorn, CEO of SkyLand, said he hopes to present his master plan for a floating market covering 50 hectares on the Mekong River and its […]

Kampot seaport construction to start

Construction of the first seaport for tourist vessels in Kampot province is due to start in September. Provincial tourism department director Soy Sinol said a construction study of the Asian Development Bank-funded project had been completed.The $18-million tourism seaport is due to come into service by 2019. Mr Sinol said it would boost tourism in […]

Joint tourism plan with Laos agreed

THAILAND and Laos will work together on a tourism campaign dubbed “Two Countries, One Destination” aimed at boosting arrivals on both sides of the border. Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said she had met officials from Laos’ Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and Lao tourism operators to discuss ways to promote tourism […]

CLIA to hold river cruise conference in Vietnam

The event will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam next year, followed by a sailing on the Mekong River for travel agents. The announcement was made at the CLIA (Cruise Line Industry Association) Conference. The inaugural Asia event will begin on April 10 2018, with the sailing departing on April 12. Clia member […]

Vietnam still looks forward to Chinese tourists, despite problems

VietNamNet Bridge – Despite the ‘zero-dong tours’ and a number of problems caused by Chinese travelers, Vietnam is still preparing to receive travelers from China, a large market with great potential. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) on May 11 asked people’s committees of cities and provinces to strengthen management and maintain the […]

International visitors to Laos top expenditure of regional tourists

According to a newly released national statistics report from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the number of international tourist arrivals in the country reached over 396,000 people, generating revenue of over US$396 million, while regional tourist arrivals (Asia and Pacific) topped 3.5 million people generating only US$328 million […]

WEF ranking upgrade boosts tourism

Cambodia has improved its ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. The nation was ranked 101 of 136 countries in the 2017 report, thanks to performance improvements that drove an overall score increase from 3.2 points in 2015 to 3.3 points this year. The report grades countries on a scale […]