Mekong Tourism Forum 2021


China will host the Mekong Tourism Forum in 2019, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, confirmed at the weekend.

This year, the Mekong Tourism Forum will be held 26 to 29 June in Nakhon Phanom, a northeast Thailand town that stands on the banks of the Mekong River.

But looking forward Thraenhart said China, which is a founding member of the Mekong Region Tourism Working Group, has already confirmed the 2019 event will be hosted in Yunnan province.

Mekong Tourism is a grouping of six countries; Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  China is represented in the Tourism Working Group by just two provinces, Yunnan and Guang Xi.

Thraenhart, who is still waiting to see if the TWG countries will renew his MTCO employment contract that expires 30 June, said it was likely that the MTF in 2019 would be held during May.

That would prevent it from clashing with events such as Thailand’s TTM trade show.

There are no hints of which city in Yunnan province will be designated to host the event. In the past when it was Yunnan’s turn to host the forum, it was always held in the provincial capital Kunming.

However, if that is the choice there will be groans from MTF veterans who would much prefer to see China host this event in Xishuangbanna, a city that is close to the Mekong River (Lancang in Chinese).

Xishuangbanna is an autonomous prefecture in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, close to Myanmar and Laos.

It is on the highway to Mongla on the China-Myanmar border a distance of 721 km and 425 km north of Chiang Rai province where the Mekong River becomes the border between Thailand and Laos.

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