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Why join MTF 2020 in Bagan, Myanmar?

Mekong Tourism Forum 2020 in Bagan, Myanmar – April 28-29, 2020: 

The registration is coming soon.

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MTF 2020 is hosted by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar, in collaboration with the secretariat of the Mekong Tourism Working Group, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is coordinating the organization of MTF 2020 and related events. The MTF 2020 event program and concept is created and produced by the public-private partnership framework Destination Mekong.

MTF 2020 continues its objective from MTF 2019 to be inclusive and experiential. Similar as in Dali, where local communities were part in making the destination the venue, in Bagan at MTF 2020, the destination will again be the venue.

MTF 2020 will introduce the theme “Achieving Balanced Tourism” which is highly relevant in today’s world where mismanagement of destinations has led to over-crowding which in return has resulted in an imbalance of the destination’s ecosystem to have a harmonious and inclusive relationship between tourists and residents, and to protect and preserve the cultural and environmental assets.

Free to Industry Professionals

Limited Space Available! MTF 2020 is free to attend for qualified industry professionals.  Registration is coming soon!



The Mekong Tourism Forum provides a cooperative platform for stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). It presents an inclusive, interactive and results-oriented opportunity to encourage public and private sector participation in representing the GMS as a single destination.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) organized the first Mekong Tourism Forum in 1996 and led it for 10 consecutive years. The hosting of this influential annual event rotated among destinations within the GMS until 2005. In subsequent years private sector initiated events around the region continued to work towards the forum’s goals.

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 potential of the GMS via innovative partnerships”, MTF 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with the theme “Authentic Experiences along the Mekong River.”. MTF 2017 in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, with the theme “Prosper with Purpose”, MTF 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand with the theme “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives”, and MTF 2019 in Dali, Yunnan, P.R.China with the theme “Tourism – a driver for cultural heritage preservation and poverty alleviation”.

Six Nations Three Common Goals

The Mekong Tourism Forum works to achieve three main objectives:

  • To raise the profile of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) as a single tourist destination
  • To provide an industry-wide platform for the public and private sectors to address sub-regional tourism issues
  • To expand marketing networks and opportunities for promoting the GMS and its stakeholders, pool collective resources and create intra-industry synergy.

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