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Mekong Tourism Forum 2020 Postponed to 15-16 February 2021

The annual Mekong Tourism Forum, originally scheduled to take place this year in Myanmar on 25 and 26 August, has been rescheduled for 15-16 February 2021.

Organised by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), the Mekong Tourism Forum will take place in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bagan, in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar.

Expected to attract around 300 delegates, the theme of MTF 2021 will be Achieving Balanced Tourism.

Some VIP delegates attending the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of MTCO, said, The theme Achieving Balanced Tourism is more relevant than ever, because we have a big opportunity to reset tourism and become more sustainable by embracing innovative models such as Doughnut Economics, and leveraging regional collaboration by creating travel bubbles to accelerate tourism recovery ... While nobody can predict if travel will actually be possible in February and people will be comfortable in being together at a conference with hundreds of delegates, we are now setting the new dates, and hope for the best. We will be working hard with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar, the private sector organizations led by the Myanmar Tourism Federation and the various domestic travel trade associations, as well as regional and international MICE experts to ensure a safe event with appropriate hygiene measurements in place.

The revamped Mekong Tourism Forum was held in Luang Prabang, Laos, in 2017, Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, in 2018 and Dali, China, in 2019.

As Myanmar will now host the MTF in 2021, Vietnam will host the Mekong Tourism Forum in 2022. The event rotates annually between GMS member countries.

See more: Pictures from the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand.

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