Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office unveils Mekong Voices and hidden gems

Friday, September 29, 2023


The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has unveiled Mekong Voices and Mekong’s Hidden Gems—captivating interviews with local tourism pioneers, and insights into less-travelled ‘hidden’ destinations.

Mekong Voices is a series of Q&A interviews with intrepid travellers, 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 organisation executives.

Some 25 interviews are live now. 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.”

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