Tourism

Tourism is flourishing in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and countries are recognizing the need to develop tourism in ways that increase benefits to local communities and protect the environment. Today, governments see well-managed tourism as a powerful tool for reducing poverty, and growing national economies in a fair and equitable way.

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Tourism is flourishing in the Greater Mekong Subregion, and countries are recognizing the need to develop tourism in ways that increase benefits to local communities and protect the environment. Today, governments see well-managed tourism as a powerful tool for reducing poverty, and growing national economies in a fair and equitable way.

GMS member countries and the Bangkok-based Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office are working to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion as a single destination for international visitors, and to encourage communities to enhance the environmental, social and economic benefits of tourism.

This work has included marketing sustainable and pro-poor tourism in the subregion through the development of multi-country tour packages; training government officials and people working in the tourism industry; producing local products for sale to tourists; and preserving the ecological and cultural heritage of key tourist sites in the subregion.

The work is being guided by the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Sector Strategy, which seeks to promote tourism that is profitable, pro-poor, long-lasting, and equitable to all groups.

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Fourth GMS Tourism Ministers’ Meeting (Vientiane, Lao PDR, 20 January 2013)
Third GMS Tourism Ministers’ Meeting (Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 17 January 2011)
Second GMS Tourism Ministers’ Meeting (Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 9 January 2009)
First GMS Tourism Ministers’ Meeting (Bangkok, Thailand, 21 January 2008)
Summary of Proceedings of the Tourism Working Group
Mekong Tourism website


38th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-38)

The Thirty-Eighth Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-38) was held on 8 December 2016 in Kunming, Yunnan Province of the People’s Republic of China. The meeting was co-organized by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), the Yunnan Tourism Development Commission (YTDC), 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, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

36th Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-36)

The Thirty-Sixth Meeting of the GMS Tourism Working Group (TWG-36) was held on 7 January 2016 in Nan Province, Thailand. The meeting was co-organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand 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, Thailand Research Fund, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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.

Da Nang, Viet Nam photo by Central Coast Vietnam Destination Marketing Organization.

The 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum is an annual event showcasing tourism trends and developments in the subregion. Da Nang, Viet Nam photo by Central Coast Vietnam Destination Marketing Organization.

Mekong Forum Explores Ways to Grow Sustainable Tourism

HA NOI, VIET NAM (10 June 2015) – A 5-day forum on developing and promoting sustainable tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion, the fastest-growing tourist destination in Asia and the Pacific, gets underway in Da Nang, Viet Nam on 15 June, 2015.

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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.

The once-isolated Lanten ethnic group in Nam Chang village has long been admired for its high-quality, indigo-dyed cotton clothes. ADB and Fair Trade Laos provided a range of support to develop community-based tourism, including an access road connecting the village to the highway, and training in textile marketing and management. Photo: ADB/Jason Rush.

The once-isolated Lanten ethnic group in Nam Chang village has long been admired for its high-quality, indigo-dyed cotton clothes. ADB and Fair Trade Laos provided a range of support to develop community-based tourism, including an access road connecting the village to the highway, and training in textile marketing and management. Photo: ADB/Jason Rush.

Tourist Influx Helps Rural Lao PDR Thrive

Completion of the last overland link in the North-South Economic Corridor brings prosperity to poor provinces in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, a landlocked country that lies at the heart of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

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