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Tue, 7 July 2020

MTCO Names 18 Finalists of Experience Mekong Showcase 2020

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has unveiled the 18 finalists of the Experience Mekong Showcase 2020.

A total of 4,200 eligible votes determined the three Experience Mekong Collection members from each of the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) for the next round of voting.

Now open for public vote until 15 August, the six Experience Mekong Showcases will be announced on 25 August at the 2020 Destination Mekong Summit.

The Experience Mekong Collection was created three years ago to both recognize and encourage sustainable and responsible tourism development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Warm and friendly village greeting in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand during the Mekong Tourism Forum 2018. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

In order to be appointed as a member of the Experience Mekong Collection, small travel businesses in the Mekong Region need to fulfill the following requirements:

1. Make a significant social impact to its community

2. Provide an authentically local experience positioning the GMS as a responsible, inclusive, and experiential tourism destination.

3. Have an innovative concept and sustainable business model.

Members of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG) selected the 60 shortlisted Experience Mekong Collection (EMC) member businesses ten from each of the six GMS member countries from the 350+ members of the Experience Mekong Collection.

In recognizing the most innovative best practice businesses as the Experience Mekong Showcases, this sets several benchmarks to further improve travel experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion. We hope this motivates other operators to become more involved and do their part for responsible tourism, said HE Mr. Htay Aung, former Minister of Hotels and Tourism of Myanmar, and a member of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG).

The 18 finalists three from each of the six GMS member countries are:

IATA: Cost of social distancing onboard aircraft.

People can cast their vote here.

See also: Laos and Myanmar Unveil Domestic Tourism Strategy.

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