Monday, 30 April 2018

What’s happening this MTF 2018?

MTF 2018

June 25:

Closed-door GMS Tourism Working Group & MTCO Board Meeting

June 26:

“The International Conference on Buddhist Tourism” will kick-of the MTF 2018.

Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) initiative will host the “Travel Startup Conference”.

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Official Opening Ceremony, presided by the Minister of Tourism & Sports of Thailand and the Governor of Nakhon Phanom Province will celebrate successful tourism collaboration in the GMS.

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Gala Dinner will follow the Opening Ceremony with local delicacies, traditional performances, as well as the unveiling of the 2018 Experience Mekong Collection Showcases.

June 27:

Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST) will showcase travel startup pitches in front of a jury of industry experts. Anybody is invited to listen and get inspired.
Mekong Mini Movie Festival will introduce the first Film & Destination Marketing Conference.
In the evening, Hollywood will come to the Mekong Region with the Mekong Mini Movie Festival final screening followed by the Mekong Mini Movie Festival Awards Ceremony.

June 28:

Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, focused on the theme “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” will bring together inspiring speakers from various sectors of the industry to tackle the topic from different sides. Open your eyes and minds how travel is being transformed in these very exciting times.

The Mekong Tourism Village Experience is living the theme of “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” by being the first conference to stage actual conference session in ethnic community-based villages, and engaging both delegates and villagers together for a uniquely immersive and transformative experience. The pioneering concept allows for people from different walks of life to connect and learn from each other. Eight thematic sessions in eight ethnic villages, including a warm village welcome, a traditional lunch, engaging sessions, and interactive village activities from weaving to farming, will make this a true highlight of MTF 2018.

The thematic sessions include:
1. Organic Tourism
2. Adventure Tourism
3. Festivals Tourism
4. Heritage Tourism
5. Religious Tourism
6. Wellness Tourism
7. Food Tourism
8. Eco Tourism

Interested delegates will pay Thai Baht 1,200 each, which includes a limited edition traditional village shirt from the respective village, that is required to be worn for the sessions. Each village is unique, and no experience will be the same.

The Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 Food Festival will bring together Thai, Lao, and Vietnamese food, and enough material for engaging conversations, with delegates wearing their villages shirts. Local restaurants will cook their specialities to show the power of food as a fabric of experiential and creative tourism.

June 29:

Range of half-day to multi-day post-MTF technical tours to experience Nakhon Phanom’s unique tourism offerings..

Free to Industry Professionals

Limited Space Available! MTF 2018 is free to attend for qualified industry professionals – except the Mekong Tourism Village Experience, which requires a fee of Thai Baht of 1,200. Registrations, to be strictly capped at 400, will be on a first-come first-served basis. Registration is open!

Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand – June 26-29, 2018

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