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. However, we charge Thai Baht 1,200 for the Mekong Tourism Village Experience, with proceeds going directly to the communities.
Day 1
26 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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Day 2
27 Jun 2018

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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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.

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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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:

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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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).