BBC featured MTCO for innovative collaborative marketing

It’s not just the 4350km Mekong River that connects China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; as a single entity they are known as the Greater Mekong Subregion. In June, an innovative social media marketing campaign and travel inspiration platform called was launched, promoting the subregion as a single tourism destination. The platform, which […]

What do Food Waste and Work Out have in Common?

Proudly contributed by Benjamin Lephilibert

The importance of minimising food waste is nearly as universally understood as the importance of good health. But in both cases, it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re doing a better job than you really are. Put yourself in the shoes of someone looking to shed a few pounds. You might decide to go to […]

Officials move forward on tiger reintroduction

A long-discussed plan to reintroduce tigers into the wild in Cambodia appears to be clawing its way forward, as the Ministry of Environment announced yesterday that the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri had been chosen as a habitat. In a Facebook post, the Ministry of Environment said that officials and conservation groups went to Mondulkiri […]

Pro-poor tourism – why pro-poor tourism initiatives may sometimes fail

Proudly contributed by Kevin Phun

Pro-poor tourism has in the recent decades, received greater interests as more and more focus is on refining the idea of using tourism to target poverty. Pro-poor tourism may find it hard to co-exist within a broader tourism plan. This is due to the fact that most tourism planning does not cater specifically and intentionally […]

10 Things to Know about the Greater Mekong Subregion

The countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) have undergone an amazing transformation since 1992, and more changes are on the way. Here are 10 things you might not know about this dynamic subregion. Since 1992, the Asian Development Bank has invested about $6.7 billion in loans and $124.9 million for technical assistance in the […]

Can emerging destinations really handle big events?

Destination Case Study on the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR By Gerardine Donough-Tan  The exotic allure of emerging markets such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos continue to woo event planners, but often the question remains: Can these destinations, especially small towns that have never hosted big events, rise to the challenge? […]

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

Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

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 […]

Mekong’s “Digital Hub for Collaboration” wins PATA Award

JAKARTA, INDONESIA, September 12, 2016: The GMS Tourism Working Group, made up of the National Tourism Organizations of Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, is pleased to announce that its collaborative initiatives have received international accolades at the annual PATA Gold Awards 2016. Ms. Khin Than Win, Deputy Director General of the […]

Tourism Marketing Strategy for the Mekong Region launched

Available for free download at   Bangkok, September 29, 2015: The six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries – Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the People’s Republic of China, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam – prioritize joint tourism marketing. Introduced at the 20th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Ministerial Conference in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on […]