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 […]

Mekong Tourism Seeks Administration Executive

Are you a talented, passionate, organised, honest, ethical Thai citizen, and would love to build a successful career in the international travel and tourism industry? We are looking for a passionate administrator with excellent office management and book-keeping skills; someone who is detail-oriented, process-oriented and who has a good grasp of English. This is a […]

Gambling with Time in Boten, Laos

The paradise they envisaged didn’t pan out. The tourism industry in the China-Laos border town of Boten collapsed after the casinos closed in 2011 following a number of anti-corruption stings and police raids. Despite continued attempts from the Lao government to revitalize the area, and sizeable investment from Chinese companies, the once-bustling Boten is still […]

Thai Tourism Ministry to Hire Seniors

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to launch “Amazing Thai Host” project that will recruit seniors to be volunteers for the tourism industry, reports TTR Weekly. Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said Thailand is now entering an aging society era and needs to find ways to use the skills seniors have acquired after […]

Vietnam Tourism Boom Hindered by Lack of Workers, Guides

Low quality hospitality training in Vietnam is restricting the strong growth of the country’s tourism sector, and the problem of labor shortages may get worse in the coming years, industry insiders have warned. Figures released at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday showed that the country has 346 hospitality training facilities for […]

Mahout Education Key to Ethical Elephant Tourism

Elephant husbandry in Southeast Asia is a contentious topic, according to The Star. Asian elephants play a part in ceremonial and religious traditions, and mahout (caretaker) culture demands certain families own elephants. Due to a decline in trade, elephants and their mahouts are now competing for fewer jobs, often for longer hours, and at lower […]