Mekong Agriculture Technology Programme starts

The Mekong Agriculture Technology Challenge (MATch) was launched in HCM City on Thursday, aiming to support agricultural start-ups for the Mekong region’s agriculture to be turned into a more competitive and sustainable industry. MATch is the latest in a series of innovation accelerators by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) with funding and support from the […]

Food waste prevention certification to launch soon in Thailand

A food waste prevention certification programme – The Pledge on Food Waste – will debut across Thai hotels and event venues at end-November, following a ceremony by Sampran Riverside to mark its success as the first hotel to achieve this certification. The Pledge, a third-party verified food waste prevention standard articulated around nine key guidelines […]

A familiar face helms Thai tourism but Kobkarn will be missed

Thailand’s Cabinet reshuffle on November 24 sees the return of former minister of tourism and sports, Weerasak Kowsurat, to the role, replacing Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul who held the post for three years. Weerasak was also chairman of the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau. In general his appointment received positive nods from economic analysts who referred to […]

Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance

Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket’s ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand.  While the song, The Moon Represents My Heart, is a hit with the patrons, the transgender singer is just […]

Myanmar to organise the first startup competition in traveltech

Proudly contributed by Lu Mon

Startup Weekend Yangon Travel Tech Edition will be organized in second week of December 2017, said Dr. Lu Mon of Mira Travels, who is one of the organizers for the event. Startup Weekend events are entrepreneurship programs of U.S based Techstars which is one of the top global accelerators. The event is a 54-hour program […]

Mekong region sees airports as the way forward

Tourism and aviation analysts are discussing methods to deliver dynamic growth to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), which is home to more than 20 airlines and serves more than 250 million travellers a year. Across the region, 12 airports can each service more than 10 million passengers per year. Moreover, about 30 smaller airports each […]

The real Muslim travel niche

What would you say to travel suppliers who still regard the Muslim travel market as niche? The Muslim Travel Market already represents around 10 per cent of the global travel market, (and hence) is not really a niche market. In fact, in terms of international visitor arrivals, it is as big as the Chinese outbound […]

ASSET-H&C to host a conference around the topic of “Eco-Responsible Hospitality & Tourism”

Proudly contributed by Anne JOURDE Since 2016, an organization of a whole new genre has emerged in the Mekong Subregion, gathering inclusive training centres that share the following objectives: To offer a quality training and decent employment opportunities to vulnerable persons in the Hospitality & Catering sector To provide the sector with adequately trained workforce, […]

Myanmar Tourism – the moral dilemma

Proudly contributed by Andrew Wood Does tourism promotion have any role in resolving complex religious, political, socio-economic challenges such as currently being experienced by the Rohingya people and the Myanmar authorities? Can tourism provide solutions for the long term settlement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees crossing over the border of Myanmar into […]

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 […]