Airbnb and Community Development Department Launch Meet Thailand’s Villages

Airbnb and the Ministry of Interior’s Community Development Department (CDD) forge a first-of-its-kind collaboration to promote community tourism and local hospitality entrepreneurs under the OTOP Innovative Tourism Community Program The first phase of the campaign empowers hosts from Krabi, Chiang Mai, Samut Songkram and Loei to showcase their passions, skills and cultures globally through Airbnb […]

First Mekong Hero announced at Destination Mekong Summit

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION   First Mekong Hero announced at Destination Mekong Summit Founder of Thailand Community-based Tourism Institute honored Bangkok, July 7, 2020:  The  ‘Mekong Heroes’ is a new program, initiated by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and Destination Mekong, to celebrate colleagues in Mekong tourism who work tirelessly behind the scenes […]

Winners of the 2020 Experience Mekong Showcases announced

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION   Winners of the 2020 Experience Mekong Showcases announced   Bangkok, August 28, 2020:  The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office announced the 6 Winners of the 2020 Experience Mekong Showcases. From 60 shortlisted businesses of the over 350 Experience Mekong Collection members, nearly 10,000 eligible votes narrowed down to 18 finalists […]

Vietnam goes big on green tours

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) have joined hands with Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) and Swiss Sustainable Tourism Programme (SSTP) to launch a new section on the national tourism website collating the country’s best sustainable tourism options. Users visiting the Green Travel section of the website will find articles dedicated to best practices for responsible travellers, […]

What is an elephant camp assessment?

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Having an elephant experience in southeast Asia is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But a major concern continuing to plague elephant tourism are issues surrounding elephant welfare and camp management. Elephants may appear happy enough, but as a passing visitor it’s impossible to know what back-of-house care each elephant is receiving.  Camps that advertise themselves […]

POST-PANDEMIC TRAVEL IN THE GREATER MEKONG SUB-REGION (GMS)

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The Covid-19 pandemic has spread to almost every country in the entire world after first breaking out in Wuhan in December 2019.  This pandemic is the most serious and damaging since the Spanish Flu a century ago and has totally changed the world – the way we live, work, and travel.  And it has created […]

Experience Mekong Collection Webinar – Part 1 – Practical learnings and actions during COVID-19 – How to survive and how to prepare for recovery

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Join us to learn how small responsible businesses in the Mekong Region take actions during COVID-19 to survive and how they prepare for recovery from their practices from our Experience Mekong Collection members under the theme of “Practical learnings and actions during COVID-19 – How to survive and how to prepare for recovery” Speakers: 1. […]

Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover

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On June 24, the third Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogues on “Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover” featured global good practice examples of effective tourism crisis recovery policies. Over 130 participants including 63 government officials from Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China participated in the Dialogue, sharing knowledge and country experiences […]

TAT- UNDP team up to strengthen sustainable tourism in Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) teams up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a long-term sustainable tourism strategy. The move will pave the way for the Thai tourism industry to align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the post-COVID-19 crisis context and make sustainable, inclusive and community-based tourism the “new […]

MTCO lists SMEs that need donations to survive

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To support small travel enterprises during the current Covid-19 crisis, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has set up a “Support Experience Mekong Collection members” page on its website. The page identifies small businesses struggling to survive the crisis due to financial strain and lost revenues that need urgently to tap emergency financial support. It lists […]