Coronavirus Resource Page (last updated September 15)

Our hearts go out to you amid the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It cannot be overstated how difficult this time is for the global community, for the industry that is grinding to a halt, for your clients, for your companies, and for each of us as individuals. We will look back upon this […]

Coronavirus policy updates

Travel around the world continues to be affected by the novel coronavirus, especially in the Greater Mekong Subregion where most of the countries are relying on the tourism industry. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office would like to take this opportunity to gather the government’s policies in which to provide aid and assistance to businesses in […]

2018 Mekong Tourism Initiatives

Mekong Tourism Initiatives under the Destination Mekong Public-Private Partnership Framework, including Mekong Moments, Mekong Mini Movie Campaign, Mekong Trends, Experience Mekong Collection.

Ecotourism In Nam Et – Phou Louey National Protected Area, Lao PDR

Proudly contributed by Janina Bikova

This brief outlines the ecotourism model implemented at the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) in Houaphan Province, Lao PDR (Laos). The ecotourism products at NEPL NPA have been designed to create a direct link between conservation and tourism so that the money that tourists pay has a positive impact on encouraging local people to protect endangered wildlife. is is achieved through both direct employment of local people in service provider groups, and through incentives that provides benefits to a larger number of villages linked to wildlife conservation.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been supporting the NEPL Management Unit since 2003, and has assisted with the development of ecotourism products commencing in 2009. During this time significant experience has been gained on how to implement ecotourism in the Laos NPA context, and how to ensure effective operations and meaningful community engagement. Currently 26 villages (more than 2000 households) are participating in ecotourism with 4 villages being directly engaged to provide services for tours.

GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2025

Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

Company contributor Asian Development Bank

In 2004-2005, at the request of the GMS TWG and with the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a GMS Tourism Sector Strategy (GMS TSS) was formulated. The updated GMS TSS 2016-2025 strategy envisioned the GMS as a single destination, with strong focus on culture, nature and adventure. The intention of the strategy is to inspire not only the governments of the subregion, but also all its stakeholders, particularly in the tourism industry, to promote a sustainable development of tourism, respectful of its people, and cultures, enhance and protect its unique natural and cultural heritage, and fostering poverty alleviation schemes.