MTF 2018 continues its objective from MTF 2017 to be inclusive and experiential. Similar as in Luang Prabang, where almost 50 travel operators were part in making the destination the venue, in Nakhon Phanom at MTF 2018, the destination will again be the venue.
MTF 2018 will introduce the theme “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” to open participants’ and hosts’ minds alike by connecting and learning from each other. Tourism can be an important catalyst in changing people’s lives for the better through mutual understanding. By visiting each other’s communities and exchanging ideas, the world can be a better place, and travel can be a force for good. The theme of “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” will kick-of its discussion with a half-day “International Conference on Buddhist Tourism”, as well as launch of the Mekong Trends Report on Responsible Travel.
In the morning, inspiring keynotes from different sectors in the tourism eco-system explore the theme of Transformative Travel in 15-min creative and engaging speeches followed by our second edition of Mekong Opportunities & Threats, where Mekong Citizens working in travel and tourism in the region make the passionate plea about the importance of their respective area as it relates to responsible and sustainable tourism development in the GMS. From Nakhon Phnom University, delegates dressed in the respective traditional shirts of each village will be transported by van to their respective ethnic village.
In the afternoon, eight ethnic villages in and around Nakhon Phanom host eight thematic sessions, from food tourism, adventure tourism, wellness tourism, luxury tourism, religious tourism, community-based tourism, heritage & culture tourism, and meetings & events. Each of the sessions will discuss key pillars in positioning the GMS for these market segments, from experience and product development, accessibility, positioning, accessibility, infrastructure development, human resources development, and investment. Each of the eight tribes has a different feel, and will engage with delegates in discussions.
Like last year, MTF 2018 will ban single use plastic bottles, plastic straws, and plastic bags. Water refill stations will be available at the main venue, official hotels, and the ethnic villages.
Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand – June 26-29, 2018
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