Mekong Tourism Forum 2015

Movie Throws Down Challenge to Tourism at Mekong Forum


BANGKOK, 11 JUNE, 2015 – On June 17 at the Mekong Tourism Forum in Da Nang, Viet Nam, a feature length documentary, Gringo Trails, will raise important questions about tourism, one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time.

The director of the film, anthropologist Pegi Vail, will facilitate a post-screening discussion on how government and travel companies need to collaborate in order to protect and preserve cultural tourism assets for generations to come in order to profit from tourism in a responsible and sustainable way in the long-term. The trailer can be viewed here.

As further part of the MTF commitment to responsible tourism, KOTO, an NGO helping underprivileged children in Viet Nam, will show how it trains its youths for a meaningful career in hospitality.

As a charity partner of the forum, KOTO will showcase hospitality students currently working in the Da Nang area. They will perform cooking demos during networking coffee breaks of the Mekong Tourism Symposium on June 18.

“The foundation of a memorable travel experience is often based on the service excellence and smiles of the restaurant staff,” says Jimmy Pham, Founder & Executive Chairman of KOTO.

KOTO CEO Dana McNairn will tell the KOTO story at the Mekong Tourism Symposium. She will show how innovative partnerships boost life prospects for disadvantaged children.

The Mekong Tourism Symposium is one of four events as part of the Mekong Tourism Forum 2015, hosted by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Registration for all Mekong Tourism Forum events is free at It starts on Monday.

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About Mekong Tourism:
The 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum in Da Nang, Viet Nam from June 15-19, features four events during four days, at zero cost registration free, including the Mekong Tourism Marketing Workshop, the Mekong Tourism Social Media Boot Camp, the Mekong Tourism Investment Summit, and the main Mekong Tourism Symposium to focus on bring public and private sector together to collaborate, discuss, and debate on key issues to position the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) as a single tourism destination, promoting multi-country travel to secondary destinations. In addition, MTF15 will provide engaging networking, beautiful evening functions, a movie screening of an award-winning feature film, cooking demonstrations by Koto students during breaks, and a host destination ranked as one of the top ten beach destinations in the world. Don’t miss out: reserve your place, and register for free at Please like us on Facebook and Instagram, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest: @TourismMekong. Use hashtags #TourismMekong and #MTF15.

What’s happening this MTF 2015?

1. Mekong Tourism Marketing Workshop (in collaboration with UNWTO, PATA, ATTA, GSTC, and Thammasat University) – private and public sector collaboration on product development, aligned to the new Mekong Tourism Marketing Strategy, focusing on key themes and thematic routes in the GMS; from food, cruise, and community based tourism, to adventure tourism.

2. Mekong Tourism Social Media Boot-Camp (in collaboration with Digital Innovation Asia) educating the industry on the importance of digital, social, and mobile. The event features experts from facebook, Tripadvisor, Dragon Trail (China), Rezgo (Canada), Guiddoo (India).

3. Mekong Tourism Investment Summit (in collaboration with HVS, Horwath, and C9 Hotelworks) debating investment opportunities, risks, and challenges in the GMS, to create innovative partnerships by hoteliers, airliners, tour operators, cruise companies, banks and public sector.

4. Mekong Tourism Symposium – the main event of the Mekong Tourism Forum focusing on the MTF2015 theme “Unlocking the Potential of Mekong Tourism via Innovative Partnerships”. This year, the Mekong Tourism Symposium” is emceed by award-winning author, and TV host and travel journalist Peter Greenberg of CBS News.

5. Movie Screening: Gringo Trails – introduced by the film’s director and producer, movie screening of the award-winning feature film “Gringo Trails”, showing the unanticipated impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment.

6. Post Tours – exciting tours to explore the region, including Da Nang City (including Marble Mountains and Son Tra Peninsula), Hoi An City (a beautiful UNESCO heritage town), and the Ba Na Hills.

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office
Mr. Kris Dhiradityakul
MTCO Operations Manager
Tel: +66 2612 4150-1
Email: [email protected]

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