The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has launched Mekong Voices and Mekong’s Hidden Gems – comprising interviews with local tourism pioneers, and insights into less travelled hidden destinations – on its official website.
Mekong Voices is a series of Q&A interviews with intrepid travellers, pioneers and change-makers 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.
With 25 interviews currently live, interviewees include leaders of charitable travel foundations, community-based tourism operators, hill tribe women, academics, CEOs, and destination marketing organisation executives.
Each month will see two more interviews added.
Mekong’s Hidden Gems highlights lesser-known, yet brimming with potential, destinations within the Greater Mekong Subregion, such as lesser-known waterfalls, cultural museums and hidden beaches. More destinations will be uploaded each month.
Commenting on the two initiatives, MTCO’s executive director Suvimol Thanasarakij, 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), 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.”