MTF 2017 in Luang Prabang: A Unique Format for a Unique Experience

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The Mekong Tourism Forum is taking off from tomorrow in Luang Prabang in Laos. This edition introduces a new concept which is matching and blending tourism experience, expertise and conference with local venues. According to Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office Director Jens Thraenhart, “it is a very exciting time to introduce a different event concept at […]

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? […]

Nakhon Phanom selected as venue for Mekong Tourism Forum 2018

Bangkok, 06 July, 2017 – Thailand’s Northeastern or Isan province of Nakhon Phanom has been chosen as the host venue for the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2018. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports proposed Nakhon Phanom as an ideal host venue for the event because the province’s eastern border is the Mekong River itself and […]

Thematic tours of Mekong subregion have best potential

Chiang Mai, 15 June, 2017 – The enormous potential of the Mekong subregion countries to highlight themes; such as, culture, cuisine, cruises and city tours was the key topic of discussion “CLMVT: Moving towards Shared Prosperity” at the 16th Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2017 now under way. […]

Great potential for tourism in the GMS

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Startup accelerator Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST), which provides mentorship to tourism companies in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam), recently completed its first year of operations. The accelerator, a joint venture between Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and ADB-backed Mekong Business Initiative (MBI), announced four startups that will receive grants totalling $31,000 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A new conference concept for the Mekong Region

The 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR (MICT), and organised by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) in the UNESCO heritage town Luang Prabang from June 6-9. Find out more at Learn from Mr. Thaviphet Oula, Deputy Director General of MICT and […]

12 Innovative Startups Qualify for Mekong Tourism Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 Innovative Startups Qualify to Pitch Investors at Mekong Tourism Forum Siem Reap, Cambodia – 8 May 2017 – Organizers of the Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) accelerator program announced that 12 startups from Cambodia, the Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam have qualified to pitch their business plans to investors at the […]

18 Eco-Tourism Startups Qualify for MIST

The Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office(MTCO) have announced the 18 tourism startups from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos who will participate in the upcoming Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) startup accelerator program. Assessed by US-based Travel Startups Incubator, applications were weighed against criteria such as potential for investment, business plan quality and […]