The Mekong Tourism Forum provides a cooperative platform for stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS). It presents an inclusive, interactive and results-oriented opportunity to encourage public and private sector participation in representing the GMS as a single destination.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) organized the first Mekong Tourism Forum in 1996 and led it for 10 consecutive years. The hosting of this influential annual event rotated among destinations within the GMS until 2005. In subsequent years the private sector initiated similar events around the region and continued to work to promote the Forum’s objectives.
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has revived the forum in 2010 taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the theme of “New Roads, New Opportunities”. Followed by MTF2011 “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star” in Pakse, Laos, MTF2012 in Chiang Rai, Thailand with the theme of “20/20 Vision: Building on Two Decades of GMS Cooperation”, MTF2013 in Guilin, China with the theme ““The Rise of the Chinese traveler: Optimizing the impacts for the GMS”, and MTF2014 in Mandalay, Myanmar with the theme “Tourism investment for the protection of Heritage and Culture”. The MTF2015 was hosted in Da Nang, Viet Nam with the theme “Unlocking the Mekong Region via Innovative Partnerships”. MTF2016 will be hosted in June 2016 in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
MEKONG TOURISM FORUM: THE GMS MUST-ATTEND CONFERENCE
The Mekong Tourism Forum provides a cooperative platform for public and private sector stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Sub region (GMS), and monitor sustainable and responsible tourism growth.
Six Nations Three Common Goals
The Mekong Tourism Forum works to achieve three main objectives:
- To raise the profile of the Greater Mekong Sub region as a single tourist destination
- To provide an industry-wide platform for the public and private sectors to address sub-regional tourism issues
- To expand marketing networks and opportunities for promoting the Greater Mekong Sub region and and pool collective resources to create intra-industry synergies
MEKONG TOURISM FORUM 2016The 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia in the beautiful Kingdom of Wonder of Cambodia. Please join us from July 5-9 in Sihanoukville. More information is available at www.mekongtourismforum.org, on our social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn), and sign up for our newsletter.