Summary of Proceedings: Tourism


37th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-37)

The Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-37) was held on 4 July 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The meeting was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China [PRC], Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), MTCO, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), ASEAN-China Center and ASEAN-Japan Center



35th Meeting of the Greater Mekong Sub-region Tourism Working Group (TWG-35)

The 35th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-35) was held in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 16 June 2015, attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of ve GMS countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, ailand, and Viet Nam), the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Representatives of PRC were unable to join.



34th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-34)

The 34th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-34) was held in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, on 18 November 2014, attended by representatives of the National Tourism Organizations (NTOs) of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, PRC, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam), the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Representatives of development partners including Swisscontact, GIZ and Luxembourg Development Cooperation also attended.


4th GMS Tourism Minister's Meeting

The 20th anniversary of the GMS Program in 2012 marked a major milestone for subregional tourism cooperation. We are pleased that the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG) is currently meeting twice annually and acknowledge the role that MTCO is playing as Secretariat to the TWG and coordinator of the Explore Mekong single destination marketing campaign. We recognize that the collective effort of the TWG and other GMS Tourism stakeholders has helped to significantly improve the sustainability and competitiveness of tourism in the subregion.



3rd Meeting of the GMS Tourism Ministers

The Ministers of Tourism of the six GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) met in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 17 January 2011. Senior officials from the GMS National Tourism Organizations (NTOs), and representatives from the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and development partners including the Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, French Embassy, UNDP, and Spanish Embassy also attended. The meeting was held in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2011.



2nd GMS Tourism Ministers' Meeting

The Ministers of Tourism of the 6 GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) met in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, on 9 January 2009. Senior officials from the GMS National Tourism Organizations (NTOs), the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and development partners including the Asian Development Bank, French Embassy, European Union, Netherlands Development Cooperation (SNV), and GTZ, and US-supported ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement Project also attended the meeting.



1st GMS Tourism Ministers' Meeting

The Ministers of Tourism of the 6 GMS countries (Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) met in Bangkok, Thailand on 21 January 2008. Senior officials from the GMS National Tourism Organizations (NTOs), representatives from the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), and development partners including the Asian Development Bank, the Governments of France, GTZ, and Japan, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), UNESCO, UNESCAP, UNWTO ST-EP Foundation, and PATA also attended the meeting.