Program

Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand (MoTS), this year's Mekong Tourism Forum is themed: Transforming Travel - Transforming Lives. The three-decade old event is free of charge for all tourism professionals. Please download the program at: http://bit.ly/MTF18-DelegateHandbook
Day 1
26 Jun 2018

Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) – Travel Startup Conference

This session proves why MIST is unique among travel startup accelerator programs: the connection between startups and travel and tourism organizations for mutual benefit to build a sustainable and responsible...
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Victor Chua
Jason Richards
Alberto Moreno
Jason Lusk
Gerrit Kruger
Clement Wong

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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Matt Gibson

Mekong Mini Movie Festival – 1st Asia Film & Destination 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.
Deepak Ohri
Gopinath Parayil
Titiporn Manenate
Sirinart Theenanondh
Worateera Suvarnsorn
Pongpanu Svetarundra
Rob Holmes
Vincent Sung
Gerrit Kruger
Polkrit Thomya (Art)
Joe Cummings
Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Mini Movie Festival – Film Screening

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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Teak Seng
Pongpanu Svetarundra
Jens Thraenhart

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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Day 2
27 Jun 2018

Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) – Travel Startup Pitches

Witness the MIST Showcase, where some of the most promising travel and hospitality startups will share their innovations with the Mekong tourism industry. 9:00     Welcome and Opening Remarks Jens Thraenhart,...
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Jason Lusk
Gerrit Kruger
Steven Schipani
Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Tourism Forum – Official Opening Ceremony

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Official Opening Ceremony, presided by the Vice Minister of Tourism & Sports of Thailand and the Governor of Nakhon Phanom Province will celebrate successful tourism...
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Itthiphol Kunplome
Somchai Vitdamrong
Steven Schipani
Jens Thraenhart

Press Conference

Itthiphol Kunplome
Somchai Vitdamrong
Steven Schipani
Jens Thraenhart

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.
Dr. Kanokrot Phalakornkul
Phitsamai Sipaza
Lim Kooi Fong
Pai-Somsak Boonkam
Momoko Ikeuchi
Somchai Vitdamrong
Malraj Kiriella
Dr. Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil
Dr. Jutamas Wisansing
Jeremy Smith
Zhu Jinsheng
Imtiaz Muqbil
Yin Myo Su
James Sutherland
Jens Thraenhart

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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Itthiphol Kunplome
Day 3
28 Jun 2018

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.
Fang Limin
Gili Back
Somchai Vitdamrong
Mich Goh
Jeremy Smith
Yin Myo Su

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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Neeracha Wongmasa
Nick Day
Arrut Navaraj
Matt Gibson
Erina Loo
Dr. Jutamas Wisansing
Vincent Vichit-Vadakan
Luc Citrinot

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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Day 4
29 Jun 2018

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: http://mekongtourismforum.org/index.php/post-tours/

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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Jens Thraenhart

Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand (MoTS), this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum is themed: Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives. The free-of-charge event (for eligible tourism professionals) will feature the Second Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) and the First Mekong Mini Movie Festival, featuring a the Film & Destination Marketing Conference, inspirational keynotes and our First Mekong Tourism Village Experience (8 thematic sessions in 8 ethnic villages) MTF 2018 will end with a range of interesting half- to multi-day technical tours (June 29). Please download the program at http://bit.ly/MTF18-DelegateHandbook