Mekong Tourism Forum 2015

Mekong Tourism Forum 2015

The 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum is set to be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam in Da Nang City at the beautiful central coast on 15-19 June, 2015. Under the theme, ‘Unlocking the Potential of the Mekong Region via Innovative Partnerships’, the tourism event for the Mekong region will showcase emerging tourist destinations and trends in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).

The six member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion have banded together to jointly promote sub-regional tourism product development, market the GMS as a single travel destination, and stage the annual Mekong Tourism Forum. The Forum is the event of the year for travel industry professionals dedicated to putting the GMS on the global travel map.

Meet Our Speakers

Mr. Tran Phu Cuong

Deputy Director International Cooperation Department, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)

Maaike de Lange

International Tourism Development Advisor, Swiss Contact

Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan

Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)

Mr. Phung Tan Viet

Vice Chairman of Dan Nang City People’s Committee

Mr. Le Khanh Hai

Vice Minister of Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Viet Nam

Dr. Ha Van Sieu

Vice Chairman, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan

Sun Group Viet Nam

Kittipong Prapattong

Director ASEAN Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

Vanessa Koo

Accor Hotels, Director Development Singapore, Philippines & Vietnam

Sieng Van Tran

CEO, Egg & CEO of Quintessentially LifestyleVietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos

Bruce Hancock

Director, Banyan Group Thailand

Dana McNairn


James Kaplan

SVP Development, Minor Group

Peter Ryder

CEO, Indochina Capital

Daniel Voellm

Managing Partner, HVS

Peter Semone

Chief Technical Advisor, LANITH

Mary McKeon

Team Leader, EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Program Vietnam

Luc Citrinot

Managing Editor, ASEAN.travel

Steven Schipani

Senior Portfolio Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sokoun Chanpreda


Jack Bartholomew

Regional Director Indochina, Khiri Travel

Rory Hunter

CEO, Song Saa Hotels & Resorts

Harmony Lamm

RSOAP Deputy Manager, UNWTO

Vineet Budki

Co-Founder & VP Marketing, Guiddoo

Stephen Joyce

CEO, Rezgo

Michael Chin

VP APAC, ReviewPro

Matt Hulen

Director, Travel SEA, Facebook

Matt Zato

Manager, Destinations SEA, Tripadvisor

George Cao

Co-founder & CEO, Dragon Trail

Bill Barnett

CEO, C9 Hotelworks

Chris Pucher

Director, HVS Bangkok

Robert Hecker

CEO Asia Pacific, Horwath HTL

Melvin Estrella

Producer, Gringo Trails Film

Pegi Vail

Director, Gringo Trails Film

Peter Greenberg

Travel Editor, CBS News

Liz Ward

CEO, Digital Coaching International & Former CEO, ATDW

Mason Florence

President, Talisman Media

John Koldowski

Professor, College of Innovation, Thammasat University

Michael Haynes

Consultant, ATTA & Heritage Management and Development Specialist

Natasha Martin

Consultant, ATTA

Ivy Chee

former Regional Director East Asia, PATA & Managing Director, IC Global Associates

Chris Bottrill

Dean, Cappilano University, Vancouver, Canada and PATA Board Member

Le Tuan Anh

Deputy Director General of Marketing Department, Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)

Eric Ricaurte

Lead Consultan, UNWTO report, Sustainable Cruise Development Strategies: Tackling the Challenges in Itinerary Design in South-East Asia

Jens Thraenhart

Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)