Mekong Tourism

Forum 2018

June 26-29, 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 26-29, 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) Travel Startup Conference, in partnership with Destination Mekong and the Mekong Business Initiative, supported by ADB, MTCO, and the Australian Government, to support local travel and tourism startups. For the first year, we will feature the Mekong Mini Movie Festival, including the “Film & Destination Marketing Conference”, as well as Film Screening and Awards Ceremony. 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

Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) – Travel Startup Conference

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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Working with influential Content Creators

Matt Gibson, Outbound President of the Professional Travel Blogger Association (PTBA) reveals some tips and tricks how to develop mutual beneficial relationships with travel bloggers. MTF 2018 includes a Bloggers...
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Mekong Mini Movie Festival – Film & Destination Marketing Conference

Film has inspired millions to visit destinations. Learn from experts about the power of movie productions to user-generated videos and how they can be integrated into destination marketing.

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 Mini Movie Festival – Cocktail Reception

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 Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) – Travel 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 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 – Transforming Travel

On Wednesday afternoon, discussions ranging from Buddhist Tourism to Responsible Tourism focus on the potential of transforming travel and people’s lives.

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 sides. Open your eyes and minds how travel is being transformed in these very exciting times.

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:

Mekong Tourism Advisory Group – MeTAG Meeting

The Mekong Tourism Advisory Group is open to active and passionate travel and tourism professionals from public and private sectors, active in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The agenda of the...
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