Published on : Monday, July 10, 2017
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports proposed Nakhon Phanom as the host for the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2018. The Thailand’s Northeastern or Isan province of Nakhon Phanom was an ideal location as it is culturally rich and placed closer to the Mekong river.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is promoting Nakhon Phanom which means ‘The City of Mountains’ as an upcoming tourist destination for its modern infrastructure and good road and air connection. There are daily Nok Air and Thai Asia flights to and fro from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport , the third Thai Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong connects Nakhon Phanom with Lao PDR’s Thakhek Khmammouane region.
The governor, Yuthasak Supasorn mentioned that Nakhon Phanom is an ideal venue for regional conference offering spellbound Mekong scenary and culture along with hospitality. Delegates of the MTF 2018 will be allured by this lovely province.
There are timeless natural and cultural attractions like illuminated boat processions in October to mark the end of Buddhist Lent and the folk culture of the local Phu Thai ethnic group. Cross border trade and tourism is also facilitated through the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge making it easier for the tourist to visit both PDR and Thailand to explore the Mekong culture.
Wat Phra That Phanom, built in local style is the most important temples in Isan, Provincial governor’s Residence museum has neo-Colonial architecture and Mekong underwater world are major attractions of Nakhon Phanom.
The hotels are high market with Mekong river views, the place also holds meetings and conferences driving more visitors. The Nakhon Phanom University participates in the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s MICE Curriculum Programme, establishing a professional set up and events expertise for the sector to grow.
MTF organized by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office provides stakeholders a platform for joint discussions on the promotion and marketing of travel and tourism within the GMS countries- Cambodia,China’s Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
It promotes sustainable growth providing an opportunity for the keynote speakers to speak on tourism issues.
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) first held the MTF in 1996 post which the hosting rotated among the GMS nation until 2005 and is now conducted annually.
Thailand hosted the MTF in 2012 in the northern province of Chiang Rai. The forum was held last year in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR.