Tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism sector strategy is built on the principles of sustainable tourism development that is economically viable, ecologically sound, and has minimal negative social impacts on the local community.

The strategy covers 13 spatial projects on priority tourism zones and 16 thematic projects on management of natural and cultural heritage, social impacts of tourism, tourism marketing and promotion, pro-poor tourism, cross-border tourism, capacity building and skills development, and private sector participation.

The vision is to have a subregional tourism sector that serves a major engine for development and poverty reduction, with particular focus on the protection of women and children, promoting the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage as well as peace and harmony in the GMS.

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), located in Bangkok, Thailand, was set up with seed funding from the GMS Tourism Working Group. The MTCO has two primary functions.

  • Tourism Development: MTCO coordinates sustainable pro-poor tourism development projects in the Mekong in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  
  • Marketing: MTCO promotes the Mekong region as a single travel and tourism destination.

Contacts

Steven Schipani
Social Sector Specialist
Asian Development Bank | Thailand Resident Mission
23rd Flr., The Offices at Central World 999/9 Rama 1 Rd.
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 263 5342 | Fax: +66 2 263 5301
Website: www.adb.org
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Mason Florence
Executive Director
Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
c/o Department of Tourism and Sports
154 Rama 1 Road, National Stadium, Wangmai, Pathumwan
Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 612 4150
Fax: +66 2 612 4152
Website: http://www.mekongtourism.org
E-mail: mason@mekongtourism.org / info@mekongtourism.org