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2016 MTF – Sihanoukville, Cambodia

For me the appeal of the Mekong Tourism Forum was the way the event brought policy makers, researchers and other experts in direct contact with professionals like hoteliers, tour operators and creators of digital products. That dialogue gave everybody a better understanding of how the industry and the region as a whole are perceived from different perspectives. As someone who writes about food and travel for the general public, I left with more insight into what goes on “behind the scenes” in both the public and private sector but also with concrete examples of fresh approaches to developing tourism while preserving and promoting local culture sustainably. I should add that the informal atmosphere of the Forum encouraged direct exchanges meaning for me at least it was an experience that was highly productive as well as being a pleasure to attend.

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan food and travel writer Bangkok, Thailand March 3, 2017