How is pandemic-related consumer behaviour impacting travel?

As travel companies eye industry recovery, they are also watching what consumer behaviours, triggered by the pandemic, might stick around in longer term. Market research company Euromonitor recently published its Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2021, which provides some clues for the travel industry. The report is a general overview of how consumer behaviour is evolving but […]

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 […]

Lao Government and Handicraft Stakeholders Pledge to Protect Traditional Designs of Laos

Representatives from the Lao government, Lao Handicrafts Association, and cultural heritage stakeholders met on Friday to discuss models for legal action in the protection of Laos’s traditional designs. The meeting on “Protecting Cultural Intellectual Property Rights in Laos: A Way Forward” was organized by the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) and the Lao Handicrafts […]

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 […]

Vietnam among world’s least sustainable travel destinations: Euromonitor

Vietnam finished in the bottom five of a global sustainable tourism ranking, placing 96th out of 99 economies, according to a Euromonitor International report. Vietnam joined Morocco, Mauritius, India and Pakistan in the bottom five of the ranking compiled by British market research firm Euromonitor. The country lagged far behind all its Southeast Asian neighbors […]

New tourism plan afoot for Bang Kachao

Bang Kachao, the green expanse dubbed Bangkok’s lungs, is earmarked for development as a special area for sustainable tourism, according to the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Dasta). Dasta announced that Bang Kachao, hugged by the Chao Phraya River and covering districts in Bangkok and neighbouring Samut Prakan, is to be declared a special […]

Kien Giang looking to turn eco-tourism into key service sector

The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang is planning to develop eco-tourism in the U Minh Thuong National Park into an important service sector through making the most appropriate use of the forest’s potential. Local authorities have been exerting every effort to improve the quality of and diversify tourism activities in the park. Nguyen Hoang […]

Digital platforms used to promote Vietnam’s tourism

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has made use of digital platforms to catch attention of travellers and promote tourism in the country. The VNAT has recently released two video clips, namely “Viet Nam: Di de yeu! – Dat nuoc, con nguoi” (#Di de yeu #Discover Vietnam) and “Viet Nam – Diem den Van hoa va […]

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 […]

Shortlist for the 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases announced

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION     Shortlist for the 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases announced Public voting open to support small responsible businesses during these challenging times   Bangkok, February 18, 2021:  Created four years ago in September 2017 to both recognize and encourage sustainable and responsible tourism development, 72 Experience Mekong Collection (EMC) member […]