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Speakers Confirmed for Mekong Tourism Forum 2016 in Cambodia

[HD video below] The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has confirmed a compelling list of speakers for the 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum.

Tourism ministers, director generals, travel industry CEOs, and leading private sector and development minds will address current and future challenges and opportunities facing tourism in the Mekong region. The forum will take place at the Sokha Beach Resort in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, 5-7 July 2016.

High profile speakers include HE Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism of Cambodia; Mr. Willem Niejmeijer, Chairman of Khiri Travel Group and Yaana Ventures; Mr. Luzi Matzig, Chairman of Asian Trails; Captain Worante Laprabang, CEO of Thai Smile Airways, Mr. Randy Durband, CEO of Global Sustainability Tourism Council; Mr. Rory Hunter, Founder and CEO of Song Saa Hotels & Resorts; Mr. John Roberts, Global Conservation Director of Anantara Resorts & Spas; Mr. Inthy Deansavan, Managing Director of Green Discovery Laos; and Dr. Ashley Brooks of the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative, and Lonely Planet author Joe Cummings, to name but a few.

One of the highlights will be the Mekong Tourism Open Forum, led by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which invites the travel and tourism industry to brainstorm on the next 10-year GMS Tourism Sector Strategy. A lot has changed in the past ten years including the opening of Myanmar as a thriving tourism destination, increased air and land connectivity, as well as the internet, social media, mobile, and the sharing economy driving a changing consumer landscape.

"This years theme is focusing on authentic experiences in a time where consumers are looking to connect with local communities, go off the beaten path to get away from mass tourist attractions," said Mr. Tith Chanta, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia.

The 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum is free to attend for the first 150 qualified industry professionals, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia.

"Tourism demand for Mekong region destinations is storming ahead," said Mr. Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office in Bangkok. "We need to work together to make sure development is fair and sustainable and that we remove obstacles to growth and poverty alleviation."

Check special rates and availability at Sokha Beach Resort in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

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