Track 7 – Connectivity: Aviation (7A) & River Cruise (7B)
Track 7: Carrier Capacity & Connectivity
In addition to visa facilitation, transport infrastructure in the GMS has dramatically improved over the past decade – rail, river, road, and air. The improved infrastructure makes it easier for travellers to move within the region and boost tourism development in secondary destinations.
Session 7A: Aviation
Air transport is one of the most important factors affecting tourism development within the GMS. Aviation allows quick access from all over the world and generates demand for intraregional travel and visits to secondary destinations. The growth of legacy and low-cost carriers and the expansion and development of airports, coupled with the increasing demand for intra-regional travel is presenting new challenges and opportunities for the GMS. What needs to be done to ensure that the region’s air connectively adequately address these issues?
Sofitel Luang Prabang’s Governor’s Grill – Occupying a century-old colonial mansion, which was built as the governor’s residence complete with fortified walls and watchtowers, is the all-suite Sofitel Luang Prabang. Explore the Forum topic in style at the edge of Sofitel’s landscaped courtyard under the safari tent of the Governor’s Grill steakhouse restaurant.
Session 7B: River Cruises
Mekong River cruises hold great potential for showcasing the abundant heritage, culture, and scenery of the region. With growing demand and supply also come other issues, such as congestion, especially in main river ports. This session will explore regional challenges and opportunities.
Luang Say Cruises’ ‘Pak Ou 3′ – Since 1999, Luang Say’s custom built luxury river boats have travelled on the Mekong in Laos between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. Luang Say’s Pak Ou 3 is a 35-metre custom steel power boat used on a range of cruises in which passengers overnight in land-based accommodation. Crewed by six, Pak Ou 3 has a capacity of 40 passengers; sure to be a magical venue for a Forum session.