Mekong Tourism

Forum 2018

June 27-29, 2018
Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
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Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is administered out of the offices of the Department of Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, based in Bangkok, and was established with funding from the six governments of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand, which represent the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). A common goal of both of public and private sectors in all countries is to create sustainable tourism profit. This is achieved optimally by increasing inbound tourism yield, by developing quality products that tourists are willing to buy, and inciting longer stays with enhanced motivation to revisit. Thus, GMS’s strategy is to “develop and promote the Mekong Region as a single tourism destination. In 2016 the GMS welcomed 59.8 million international tourist arrivals, representing a 3% share of the global market.for the latest news, stories, and statistics from the Greater Mekong Subregion, please visit

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Mekong Tourism Forum: The GMS must-attend Conference

The Mekong Tourism Forum provides a cooperative platform for public and private sector stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), and monitor sustainable and responsible tourism growth. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has revived the forum in 2010 taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the theme of “New Roads, New Opportunities”. Followed by MTF2011  “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star” in Pakse, Laos,  MTF2012 in Chiang Rai, Thailand with the theme of “20/20 Vision: Building on Two Decades of GMS Cooperation”, MTF2013 in Guilin, China with the theme ““The Rise of the Chinese traveller: Optimizing the impacts for the GMS”, MTF2014 in Mandalay, Myanmar with the theme “Tourism investment for the protection of Heritage and Culture”, MTF2015 in Da Nang, Viet Nam with the theme “Unlocking the GMS via Innovative Partnerships”,and MTF 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with the theme “Authentic Experiences along the Mekong River.”. Last year in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, we focused on the theme “Prosper with Purpose”.

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Don't Miss MTF 2018

Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism & Sports of Thailand (MoTS) in Nakhon Phanom at the Mekong River bordering to Laos from June 27-29, will focus on the trend of transformational travel with the theme “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives”. After inspiring keynotes in the morning, MTF2018 will feature eight topical tracks each in ethnic villages all around Nakhon Phanom. The day prior, we will host the second MIST (Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism), in partnership between Destination Mekong and the Mekong Business Initiative, supported by ADB, MTCO, and the Australian Government, to support local travel and tourism startups. This year again, we will have a half-day pre-even to educate travel and tourism operators how to engage with influential bloggers. For the first year, we will feature the Mekong Mini Movie Festival just before MTF Gala Dinner. Optional post-MTF technical tours allow to explore the area around Nakhon Phanom. Don’t miss this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum, which is taking delegates into ethnic villages for an immersive and transformational experience. MTF 2019 will be hosted in Yunnan by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

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Transforming Travel - Transforming Lives
Day 1
26 Jun 2018
Day 2
27 Jun 2018
Day 3
28 Jun 2018
Day 4
29 Jun 2018

TRACK 1: Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism – MIST Industry Connect & Travel Startup Workshop

This session proofs why MIST is unique among travel startup accelerator programs: the connection between startups and travel and tourism organisations for mutual benefit to build a sustainable and responsible...
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TRACK 2: Mekong Mini Movie Festival – Video Blogger Matchup & Video Content Workshop

Get excited about the value of video content for your travel business or tourism destination. Hear from experts on how develop inspiring video content on smartphones, how to engage with...
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Conference on Transformative Travel in the GMS

Topics to be discussed: > Buddhist Tourism > Food & Organic Tourism > Launch of Mekong Trends Report on Responsible Travel  

Mekong Mini Movie Festival – Cocktail Reception Dinner

Hollywood comes to the Mekong Region. Walk down the Red Carpet, get photographed, mingle with regional film makers and tourism celebrities. Build a bridge between film and tourism. Celebrate tourism...
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Mekong Mini Movie Festival – Film Screening & Awards Ceremony

Get inspired by the finalist mini movies in the first Mekong Mini Movie Festival, and vote for your favourite nomination per country to determine the country winners. Be part of...
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Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism – MIST Startup Pitches

Witness the MIST Battleground, when some of the most promising travel startups pitch their ventures to the judging panel, and the tourism industry as a whole. Mekong Innovative Startups in...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Open Town Hall

Mekong Tourism Open Town Hall will invite industry, media, academics, and anybody interested in the future of GMS Tourism Development to ask questions to senior official of the Tourism Ministries,...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Official Opening Ceremony

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Official Opening Ceremony, presided by the Minister of Tourism & Sports of Thailand and the Governor of Nakhon Phanom Province will celebrate successful tourism collaboration...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Gala Awards Dinner

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Gala Dinner will follow the Opening Ceremony with local delicacies, traditional performances, and the unveiling of the MIST 2018 Winners, as well as the Experience...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Plenary Keynote Sessions

Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, focused on the theme “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” will bring together inspiring speakers from various sectors of the industry to tackle the topic from different...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Village Experience

The Mekong Tourism Village Experience is living the theme of “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” by being the first conference to stage actual conference session in ethnic community-based villages, and...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Farewell Food Festival

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Food Festival will bring together Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese food, and enough material for engaging conversations, with delegates wearing their villages shirts. Local restaurants will...
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Mekong Tourism Forum – Technical Post Tours

Range of half-day to multi-day post-MTF technical tours to experience Nakhon Phanom’s unique tourism offerings. For a list of available MTF 2018 Post Tours please visit:


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