Coronavirus Resource Page (last updated April 22)

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 […]

Samco trade office looks at the Mekong

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Start-up Destination Marketing Organisation, Samco, which builds business links between South Africa and the Mekong Region, attracted a turnout of more than 200 travel and wine experts at last night’s official launch party in Cape Town. (Report updated at 12 noon 1 April.) Samco, or South Africa and the Mekong Collaborative Office, says it gained inspiration […]

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 […]

Public-private partnerships key to Mekong’s tourism recovery

It is vital private sector players step up their game to coordinate unified tourism recovery across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in the wake of change at Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), say regional stakeholders. Earlier this month, Jens Thraenhart, MTCO’s longest serving executive director, handed in his resignation, citing “personal values” as the reason […]

Mekong Tourism Stakeholder Engagement trip to Chiang Mai on March 23-27, 2021

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On March 23-27, 2021, Mekong Tourism is visiting travel businesses, partners, and friends in Chiang Mai as a part of a stakeholder engagement trip, including Experience Mekong Collection members. We met and had several fantastic meetings for casual to discuss Mekong Tourism collaboration and the Experience Mekong Collection program on how MTCO can further support […]

Pandemic marketing tip? Go quirky and weird

From national flags projected onto the side of a Swiss mountain to ‘scream therapy’ in Iceland, creative and original campaigns are key to staying top of mind until travellers can return, say destination marketing experts. Domestic tourism, Covid-19 transparency and sustainability should also be pillars of any recovery campaign. Tim Russell, Southeast Asia commercial director […]

MTCO to share best practices at the Mekong Institute’s online training program

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On March 19, our Executive Director was invited to join as one of the keynote speakers for the Mekong Institute’s online training program on “Designing and Building Digital Interactive Infrastructure to Seize Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic World” under the topic of ‘COVID-19 and Tourism in the Mekong region: Challenges and Opportunities for the youth’ to […]

Jens Thraenhart Steps Down from the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Bangkok, March 16, 2021:   Jens Thraenhart has decided to step down from his post as Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. Thraenhart served in that role since his appointment in June 2014, after having served as the strategic advisor to the previous MTCO Executive Director. After three and a half two-year terms, he […]

MTCO and DASTA to share best practices of tourism recovery in Thailand and Mekong Region

On February 25, our Executive Director Jens Thraenhart was invited to join as a keynote speaker for the International College for Sustainability Studies webinar to present and share some of Mekong Tourism’s initiatives aligned to tourism recovery in the Greater Mekong Subregion with over 100 students under the Sustainable Tourist Destination Development course. The event […]

The 12th info-graph of the COVID-19 Travel Situation in the Mekong Region as of March 1, 2021

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The 12th Info-graph of the COVID-19 Travel Situation in the Mekong Region as of March 1, 2021, giving a brief summary of travel restrictions in Cambodia, PR China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Read the full text at https://bit.ly/31YUchC #tourismmekong #covid19 The 11th Info-graph of the COVID-19 Travel Situation in the Mekong Region […]