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 and collaborate with members to drive tourism recovery and resilience, especially with small businesses.
On day 1 & 2 of the Mekong Tourism Stakeholder Engagement trip to Chiang Mai, we visited and inspected Experience Mekong Collection small businesses, including Monsoon Tea and Wild Nature Artisan – An Edible Memoir of Chiang Mai.
On day 3 of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office Stakeholder Engagement trip to Chiang Mai, we visited another Experience Mekong Collection member Elephant Poopoopaper Park, an innovative business that created lots of impact on the environment and the local community.
Day 4 Morning of our Mekong Tourism Stakeholder Meetings, we visited Experience Mekong Collection small businesses and social enterprises; Siamaya Chocolate is a social enterprise making quality chocolate, buying cacao from local farmers. In the afternoon, we met with Chai Lai Orchid Eco Resort & Elephant Experience, 90 minutes drive from town, a peaceful oasis with freely roaming elephants. In the evening, we dropped off at Craft & Care is a new social enterprise by 2020 Mekong Heroes recipient Potjana Suansri. It was such great learning about the health benefits of herbal drinks.
On our last day, we visited another inspiring small business and social enterprise, Thai Tribal Crafts Fair Trade, a social enterprise established in 1973. Great meeting with Managing Director Elias from Myanmar to discuss collaboration.
Overall, it was a successful Mekong Tourism Stakeholder Engagement trip to Chiang Mai, visiting inspiring social enterprises as part of the Experience Mekong Collection. Working on our new and exciting “Made in Mekong” initiative, by Destination Mekong. Stay tuned!