“Mekong Voices” features Q&A interviews with leaders and changemakers in the Greater Mekong Subregion’s travel sector. These dialogues focus on sustainability, resilience, and innovation, offering practical insights and inspiring transformative change. Interviewees include leaders of charitable travel foundations, community-based tourism operators, academics, CEOs, and destination marketing executives.
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has unveiled Mekong Voices and Mekong’s Hidden Gems – captivating interviews with local tourism pioneers, and insights into less traveled ‘hidden’ destinations. Both initiatives are hosted on the new MekongTourism.org website. The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) – comprising Cambodia, Yunnan and Guangxi provinces in China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam, is one of the world’s most dynamic tourist destinations. The six GMS governments established the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) in 2006, as a tourism collaboration framework, with its objective to develop and promote the Mekong Region as a single tourism destination.
Mekong Voices is a series of Q&A interviews with intrepid travelers, pioneers and changemakers who are leading by example in the travel sector in the Greater Mekong Subregion. The dialogues delve into sustainability, resilience and innovation within the travel industry. They offer practical insights and serve as catalysts for transformative change.
For example, there are interviews with leaders of charitable travel foundations, community-based tourism operators, hill tribe women, academics, CEOs, and destination marketing organization executives.
Some 25 interviews are live now and two more will be added each month.
Mekong’s Hidden Gems highlight lesser-known destinations within the Greater Mekong Subregion. These are often overshadowed by their more famous counterparts. However, the ‘hidden’ destinations are brimming with potential.
For example, there are destination insights into lesser-known remote waterfalls, cultural museums and hidden beaches. More destinations will be uploaded each month.
Commenting on the two initiatives, Ms Suvimol Thanasarakij, Executive Director of the MTCO, said: “Mekong Voices brings together inspiring people who share their wisdom. They are creating a better future for travel in the region.”
On Mekong’s Hidden Gems, she added: “We aim to shine a light on these hidden treasures and help to equitably distribute tourist traffic away from crowded areas. In these authentic, equally deserving destinations, a little tourism money will go a long way to help the local community.”
Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.