Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 to Take Place 26-29
June in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand
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Thailand's Nakhon Phanom province will host the Mekong Tourism
Forum 2018 from 25-29 June under the theme "Transforming Travel Transforming Lives".
H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand's Minister of Tourism
and Sports, presided over a press conference about the Mekong
Tourism Forum 2018 (MTF 2018) on Monday. He said, "The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018
(MTF 2018) is the annual meeting forum for the Greater Mekong Subregion tourism industry specialists. Consisting of 6 member
countries; Cambodia, China (Yunnan Province and Guangxi Autonomous
Region) Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Discussions will
cover market development and tourism
promotion. The Mekong Tourism Forum also offers positive opportunities to encourage the
participation of the public and private sectors in transforming
tourism of GMS member countries into one single destination. In
addition, such a meeting will give
participants the opportunity to experience tourism in emerging
destinations as well as tourism trends in the Greater Mekong
(GMS). It is expected that more than 500 exhibitors from the
tourism industry of the member countries, stakeholders, foreign
and domestic investors will attend the event in Nakhon Phanom."
The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 will be divided
into two major events:
The 41st Tourism Working Group Meeting
(TWG-41) will be held on 25 June 2018. The meeting
between member countries together with the Mekong Tourism Coordinating
Office (MTCO) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) will be used to
discuss the status of tourism in member countries over the past year as
well as to plan and form policy for the coming year. This includes,
the progress implementations of The Grater Mekong Subregion
Tourism Strategic Plan 2015-2025, Grater Mekong Subregion Tourism
Marketing Strategy Plan 2015-2020 and the Greater Mekong Subregion
Tourism Work Plan in 2018 according to the key issues to be
promoted in the next phase.
The Mekong Tourism Forum, from 26-29 June 2018,
will consist of two major activities:
Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST), which will introduce new
tourism innovations to
stakeholders in the industry; and
Mekong Mini Movie Festival which
will be held for the first time. There will be a seminar on
"Film & Destination Marketing Conference" and a short
For Thailand, the MTF 2018 will be used to
promote Buddhist tourism. Thailand will seek support from member
countries for the creation of an ASEAN-South Asia Buddhist Tourism
Story Book as well as a forum event inviting the
experts and experienced Buddhist tourism keynote speakers to the
conference held under the theme "Buddhist Tourism in the
Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary of
the MOTS, said, "We have chosen Nakhon Phanom as the host province
for the MTF 2018 because we at the Ministry feel that Nakhon
Phanom is the centre and hub of tourism in the GMS countries.
Though currently Nakhon Phanom may be considered as a secondary
city for tourism but in recent years the province has shown great
potential for sustainable growth in the field of tourism. We have
faith in unique culture and traditions of the province and region,
the readiness in infrastructure and the national policy for
promoting secondary cities as an attraction in order to have a
better distribution of income, sustainable growth and
participation from the local communities."
Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra said that he
believes the MTF 2018 will push the agenda for:
- Connectivity and transforming GMS countries into
one single destination;
- The materialization of Buddhist Tourism in
Thailand and the region;
- Promote innovation in the tourism industry
through start-ups and SMEs;
- Use film and cinema to use GMS countries
as a backdrop for their movies to attract more visitors to the
region and the presentation of the
Mekong Mini Movies Festival;
- Experience authentic community based
tourism with a field trip for stakeholders to
visit 8 local villages.
Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
Ms. Yin Myo Su of Inle Lake in Myanmar gives a keynote speech at the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand on 28 June 2018.
The Mekong Tourism Forum 2019 will take place in the beautiful old town of Dali in China's Yunnan province. At the handover ceremony which took place at the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand Ms. Fang Limin of the Yunnan Tourism Development Committee gave a speech.
Jeremy Smith gives a keynote speech about Plastic Pollution and Sustainable Tourism at the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.
At the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Matt Gibson, Outgoing President of the Professional Travel Bloggers' Association (PBTA) gave a presentation to delegates on how best to work with influencers, bloggers and social media in general.
MIST (Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism) Panel Discussion at Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 on 26 June 2018. Panelists include Jason Richards, Regional Sales Manager - Asia Pacific at Cloudbeds, Alberto Moreno, CEO and Founder of Baolau and Clement Wong, CEO and Founder of BeMyGuest. The panel discussion was moderated by Jason Lusk, Director of MIST.".