TTR Weekly

MIST backs five Mekong ventures

Five international tourism SMEs have qualified for this year’s Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) Market Access Programme 2018. The winner, Adventoro, receives the Market Access prize package and personalised meetings with key local partners and stakeholders. Keep reading ...

MTF: Digress from the digital era for a moment

Today, Mekong Region tourism officials, tour operators and travel writers are heading for the northeast town of Nakhon Phanom for the annual Mekong Tourism Forum. If all goes well when the event opens, Tuesday, delegates will be engrossed with digital matters. They are cool, trendy. Keynotes ...

Mekong tourism grows 13%

More than 59 million travellers visited the five countries that are members of the Greater Mekong Sub-region during 2017, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Annual Tourism Monitor 2018. Keep reading ...

Time running out on MTCO contract

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart’s contract runs out 30 June, just days after the Mekong Tourism Forum is hosted in Nakhon Phanom, 26 to 29 June in northeast Thailand. So far the six-country group that oversees the office has not commented on whether ...

Mekong scorecard highs and lows

The Mekong Region’s tourism scorecards showed positive and stable growth in tourist arrivals over the last four years, but new challenges have emerged for the region. MTCO executive director, Jens Thraenhart, in an interview with TTR Weekly at the weekend, identified the core challenges as over-tourism, ...

Ban the plastic bottle

Pressure is mounting on hotel chains to join campaigns that will reduce the use of plastic in the hospitality and tourism industry. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office’s executive director, Jens Thraenhart, confirmed in his weekly despatch to travel partners that the blight of plastic pollution would ...

MTF announces 2018 programme

Programme details for the Mekong Tourism Forum, due to be hosted this June in the Mekong River town of Nakhon Phanom, in Northeast Thailand, were released this week. The event will be held 26 to 29 June and is mostly funded by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and ...

MTCO demists path to MIST prize

Now in its second year a programme to support tourism start-ups in the Mekong region will launch, 7 February, at a press briefing in Bangkok. Known as the Mekong Innovation Startups in Tourism (MIST) the initiative is the brainchild of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. Keep ...

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Brainstorming Organic Tourism

A campaign to promote so-called ‘Organic Tourism’ across Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion was under scrutiny at a recent workshop designed to brainstorm ideas.[]After taking root in Thailand, the campaign is slated for expansion across Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Guangxi and Yunnan provinces ...

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