Myanmar establishes Myanmar Accessible Tourism Centre

Proudly contributed by Lu Mon

Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center is the first ever disability inclusive training in Myanmar tourism On July 27, 2017, local tour operator Mira Travels has successfully conducted the first of its kind training in Myanmar – Disability Inclusive Training for Tourism Sector Program (DITTS) in collaboration with Myanmar Independent Living Initiative and Myanmar Tourist Guide Association […]

Huge HR Challenge for Vietnam Tourism: Experts

A severe shortage of qualified workers is a huge challenge to Vietnam’s rapidly growing tourism sector, experts warn. The sector is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 7% to 2020. As a result the total demand for direct human resources is expected to be 870,000 by 2020, according to the Institute for […]

Cambodia Opens Korea-funded Aviation Training Facility

Cambodia’s Civil Aviation Training Center (CATC) has opened in Phnom Penh. The Korea Airports Corp. (KAC) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) teamed up in 2013 to provide Cambodia with facilities and education programs to train its future aviation experts. KAC hopes the training center will enable Cambodians to train their own aviation safety […]

Thai University to Establish Tourism Institute in Cambodia

Thailand’s Rajamangala University of Technology plans to set up a tourism and hospitality institute in Siem Reap, Cambodia to build the capacity of tourism sector workers. Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism Dr Thong Khon said: “The establishment of the institute is aimed at building up human resources in tourism in order to ensure the effective, sustainable, […]

Mekong Tourism Forum at ITB Berlin: Tourism’s Got Talent?

The most valuable resource in tourism is human, according to Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. Speaking to ITB Berlin News, Mr Thraenhart explains why qualified and committed employees are a top priority for a tourism-based economy. Full interview at ITB Berlin News. Mekong Tourism in partnership with Destination Human Capital is organising […]

Human Capital a “Strategic Pillar” of Mekong Tourism

A knowledge-sharing session open to all ITB Berlin delegates will investigate the human capital development (HCD) challenges facing the travel & tourism industry through the lens of some of the success stories being written in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). For the travel & tourism industry to be responsible, sustainable, high-yielding, and inclusive of local […]

MIST Helps Tour & Travel Tech Businesses Launch in the Mekong

Do you have a tourism business plan for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam? Prepare for takeoff. The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) accelerator programs are accepting applications from February 13 until March 19. MIST is a joint venture of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI). Unlike the plethora of […]

Tourism Accelerators Accepting Projects in the Mekong Region

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative has announced two new accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for innovative tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The MIST Startup Accelerator will take entries from early stage companies with either travel technology or traditional tourism business plans. The MIST Market […]

Pilot Plan to Fill Skills Gap in Cambodia’s Tourism Sector

Vocational training for high school-aged students interested in a career in the tourism industry will be offered in Cambodia for the first time from September or October this year. The three-year pilot program, a joint venture between the ministries of tourism and education will be rolled out later this year to train a new generation […]

Secrets of Laos’ Muang La Hot Spring

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

I had heard that the Muang La hot spring was nicely done, but didn’t realize what it really had to offer until I made my own visit. My first visit was actually a failed one because I did not heed the directions on the website that the resort only accepts advanced bookings of two nights […]