GMS ministers to meet in Siem Reap

The second Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers Meeting will be held in Siem Reap province early next month, with agro-food products, exploring new markets for agricultural products and solving issues in the sector expected to be high on the agenda. The meeting of agriculture ministers will be held from September 6 to 8 in Siem […]

Can the GMS connect rail by 2020?

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Rail systems fail to figure in the Mekong Region travel picture, but that might change over the next 10 years as plans to build new lines and link existing rail networks take shape in the six-country region. A report on the Greater Mekong Subregion website challenges readers. “Imagine boarding the overnight sleeper train in Ho […]

Amadeus dismantles the generic APAC traveller

Amadeus has issued what it claims is “the most comprehensive research on Asia Pacific (APAC) travellers to date”, and concludes that there is no such thing as an Asia Pacific traveller. “The most startling observation from the study is that there is no consistent profile for the Asia Pacific traveller. Stark contrasts in behaviours, needs […]

Greater Mekong Subregion countries to boost transportation connectivity

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries are accelerating negotiations to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the implementation of a cross-border transport facilitation agreement. The agreement will reduce non-physical barriers to transport and trade in the region. The information was revealed at a meeting of the Joint Committee for the Greater Mekong Subregion Cross-Border Transport […]

Fly to Udon, drive to Laos

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Udon Thani is best known as a gateway province to upper Northeast Thailand and neighbouring Laos and its capital Vientiane. The city itself serves as an aviation hub, the closest airport to the border with Laos and the starting point for heritage tours that visit Mekong River towns such as Nong Khai, and the World […]

Thailand and Cambodia gaining traction for cross-border trade

Thailand and Cambodia are focusing on cross-border trade logistics to improve their economic competitiveness.  Although these two kingdoms are on different levels of economic development, both are benefitting from Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and One Belt, One Road projects.  All modes of transport are improving for better logistics performance to attract more investors. Thailand’s consumer […]

Laos-China railway brings changes to Laos

In northern and central Laos, mountains seem to reign the area where population is scarce. There was almost nothing but primeval forests and traces of slash-and-burn cultivation left by mountainous residents. However, since December 2016, within half a year since the beginning of construction of China-Laos railway, the area has been witnessing massive changes. China-Laos […]

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 […]

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 […]