Mekong Tourism Forum 2017

Mekong Tourism Forum 2017

The 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum is set to be hosted by the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism in Luang Prabang on 6-9 July, 2016. Under the theme, ‘Prosper with Purpose’, 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. Please find out more by visiting www.MekongTourism.org, and following us on social media at:

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Meet Our Speakers

Le Tuan Anh

Viet Nam National Tourism Administration (VNTAT)

Champa Lattanasouvannaphonh

Consultant for the Luang Prabang Green School Project - UDAA

Jameson Wong

Director, Business Development, APAC – ForwardKeys

Vongdavone Vongxayarath

Head of Tourism Promotion and Marketing - Department of Information, Culture and Tourism of Luang Prabang Province

Phayvanh Chanthasouk

Head of Tourism Development and Human Building Capacity Division - Department of Information, Culture and Tourism of Luang Prabang Province

Sivilay Duangdala

Site Manager - NEPL National Protected Area

Charly Gomes

Head Chef - AMANTAKA

Joseph Cusmano

Country Manager (Thailand) – Oman Air

Jacinta Brown

Objects and Textile Conservator - Ock Pop Tok

Gabriel Than Hlaing Oo

Lead Researcher - ECPAT

Jessica Tradati

Program Assistant - The Code

Phonethavy Thavonsouk

External Relations and Incoming Youth Exchanges Division - AIESEC

Mike Haynes

Heritage Management & Responsible Tourism Consultant - GIZ Capacity Development & ICON Institute

Janina Bikova

Ecotourism Advisor - Wildlife Conservation Society

Dr. Nicole Haeusler

Consultant - Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Derin Henderson

Environment Program Advisor - The Asia Foundation (Vientiane)

Chin Pitak Norathepkitti

Resort Manager - Sofitel Luang Prabang & 3 Nagas Luang Prabang (MGallery by Sofitel)

Sebastien Duffillot

Co Founder - ElefantAsia

Zhu Jinsheng

Deputy Party Secretary of School of International Education and Exchange - Guilin Tourism University

Dr.Soudaphone Khomthavong

Deputy Director - Department of Information, Culture and Tourism in Luang Prabang Province

Barbara Schott

Private Sector Development & Responsible Tourism Planning

Tara Gujadhur

Cofounder - TAEC Laos

Joanna Smith

Co-founder & Creative Director - Ock Pop Tok

Siphai Thammavong

Manager - Luang Prabang Film Festival

Alichith Phengsavanh

HR/Learning Manager - Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel

Cho Cho Mar

Training Manager - The Swisscontact Hotel Training Initiative (HTI)

Kai Marcus Schroeter

Founder and Owner - HTM Management Consultancy

Jennifer Smith

Country Manager - Emerging Markets Consulting (EMC)

Saysavath Chasane

Director - Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith)

Sergey Kutuzov

Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing - Swissotel Phuket 

Bounkham (Khoa) Chaleunphol

Owner - Kiridara Hotel Luang Prabang & Nahm Dong Park

Christine Brew

Senior Programme Assistant - UNWTO

Andreas Hofmann

GIZ Team Leader Luang Prabang - Handle with Care

Jerome Trichard

CEO - Mekong Cruises

Kevin Wallace

Managing Director Asia Pacific - Dream Hotel Group

Paul Eshoo


Peter Richards

Consultant - International Trade Center

Anan Wongbenjarat

Deputy Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Tourism and Sport Thailand

Jason Lusk

CEO - Clickable Vietnam

Christian de Boer

Managing Director - Jaya River House Hotel Siem Reap

Marco Julià Eggert

Managing Director of FCC Hotels & Restaurants

Gerrit Kruger

CEN International - Founding Partner and Managing Director

Tim Gamper

Swisscontact Country Director

Potjana Suansri

Consultant - International Trade Center of the United Nations

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

Food Journalist

Matthew Zatto

Manager Destination Marketing Southeast Asia - Tripadvisor

Imtiaz Muqbil

Executive Editor - Travel Impact Newswire

Jay Hyunjung Kim

MIST Executive Committee / Co Founder - Woman Entrepreneur

Charles Blocker

CEO - IC Partners

Rei Matsuda

CEO - Kokotel (Thailand)

Anchalika Kijkanakorn

Founder and Managing Director - AKARYN Hotel Group

Stefan Wolf

Chief Commercial Officer - FavStay

Sunny Yu

Commercial Marketing Manager, South East Asia & Korea - Intercontinental Hotels Group

Polkrit Thomya (Art)

CEO & Founder of Hey! Asean

Sonomi Tanaka

Technical Advisor (Gender Equity), Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department - Asian Development Bank

Sahil Nair

Projects Development Coordinator - ADB Youth for Asia

Dr. Robyn Bushell

Associate Professor - Institute for Culture & Society and School of Social Sciences & Psychology at Western Sydney University

Rangsima Deesawade

Regional Coordinator (South East and East Asia) - ECPAT

Yin Myo Su

Founder - Inle Heritage Foundation, Inle Lake, Myanmar

Gabriel Kuperman

Director - Luang Prabang Film Festival

Ric Gazarian

Blogger, Global Gaz

Anna Pollock

Founder of Conscious.Travel

Dominic Mellor

Head of Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) and Asian Development Bank Senior Economist

Sinouk Sisombath

Founder of Sinouk Coffee

Sounh Manivong

Director General of Tourism Marketing Department - Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR

Victor Pang

Vice President, Development – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos & Myanmar - Accor Hotels Asia Pacific

Luzi Matzig

Chairman, Asian Trails

Joe Cummings

Lonely Planet Author & Editor at Large - Talisman Media

Willem Niemeijer

Chairman, Khiri Travel Group

Michael Zhou

Founder & CEO - Tang Dynasty Tours

Inthy Deuansavan

CEO & Founder, Green Discovery & Inthira Hotels (Laos)

Randy Durband

CEO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Luc Citrinot

Managing Editor, ASEAN.travel

Steven Schipani

Senior Portfolio Management Specialist - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Robert Hecker

Managing Director - Pacific Asia

Eric Ricaurte

CEO, Greenview

Jens Thraenhart

Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)