Regional Collaboration drives Tourism Sustainability

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Tourism Collaboration Framework in the Greater Mekong Subregion featured at the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macau “Regional Collaboration towards a better future” was the theme of the 2017 edition of the Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF) in Macau. In his opening address, Edmund Ho Hau-wah, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese […]

Conference promotes Vietnamese tourism in Thailand

A conference to discuss ways to promote Vietnamese tourism among Thai people and international friends was held in Bangkok on September 29. The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism), the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Tourism […]

Aviation drives tourism and connectivity in the GMS

Underlying the strength and dynamism of aviation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region The first Mekong Trends Roundtable on GMS Aviation organised by Destination Mekong in partnership with Amadeus and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office took place on October 10 at the Amadeus Executive Briefing Centre in Bangkok, and was attended by travel and tourism professionals […]

ADB Funds to Scale Up Sanitary, Phytosanitary Efforts in Lao PDR

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $10 million grant to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) as additional financing to scale up efforts to improve food safety and ensure plant and animal health, as part of an initiative to improve sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity in the country. The […]

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 […]

Mekong program boosts tourism in Viet Nam

A new campaign aimed at discovering the beauty of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has been launched with experiences and stories of travellers. The Travel Department, under the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), worked with co-ordinators of Mekong Moments to present the campaign yesterday in Hà Nội. Mekong Moments is a turn-key digital campaign […]

Myanmar to host international tourism expo in 2018

The first Myanmar International Tourism Exhibition will be held in Yangon from July 20-22 and is expected to attract over 100 international travel companies from more than 10 Asian countries, Chinakit Viphavakit, general manager of ICVeX Co, told a news conference on 10 October. “It is a business platform to promote Myanmar as an international tourism […]

ADB to Help Enhance Transport Efficiency, Management in Cambodia

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $70 million loan to help provide a more efficient, safe, and disaster resilient transport sector in Cambodia, particularly by improving national roads in the provinces of Prey Veng, Siem Reap, and Svay Rieng along the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Southern Economic Corridor. “In Cambodia, […]

Regional ‘Think Tank’ Launched to Advise on China Mekong Initiative

The aim of the GCMS is to provide academic recommendations to member countries of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism. A regional research organization led by China was launched in Phnom Penh this week aimed at advising Southeast Asian governments under a policy initiative launched by Beijing two years ago. The Global Center for Mekong Studies (GCMS) […]

Global Centre for Mekong Studies debuts

The Global Centre for Mekong Studies (GCMS) made debut in Cambodia on September 28, aiming to strengthen the academic exchange and support for the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC). Cambodian Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Chairman of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), announced the launch of the GCMS during a ceremony attended by representatives of six […]