Mekong Tourism Forum 2016

Mekong Tourism Forum 2016

The 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum is set to be hosted by the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism in Sihanoukville at the beautiful Southern coastal corridor on 5-9 July, 2016. Under the theme, ‘Authentic Experiences along the Mekong River’, 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

Douglas Hainsworth

ADB Consultant

Visothy So

Undersecretary of State - Ministry of Tourism, Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia

H.E. Yun Min

Governor of Sihanoukville

Sinouk Sisombath

Founder of Sinouk Coffee

Lucy Peng

Customer Service Manager at Tang Dynasty Tours

Kyi Kyi Aye

Senior Tourism Advisor at Myanmar Tourism Federation

Theodore Koumelis

Co-founder & Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network

Sieng Van Tran

Chairman at Quintessentially Lifestyle for Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar

Sounh Manivong

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

Naidah Yazdani

Asia Director of CF Mekong River cruises by Croisi Europe

Victor Pang

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

Paola Ornelli-Bock

Vice President Bangkok Office - HVS

Vishal Daga

Corporate Director of Development, Six Senses Resorts & Spas

Luu Meng

CEO, Almond Group

Luzi Matzig

Chairman, Asian Trails

Joe Cummings

Lonely Planet Author & Editor at Large - Talisman Media

Maarten Perdok

Managing Director - Heritage Line

Vineet Budki

Co-Founder & CEO - Guiddoo (India)

Captain Woranate Laprabang

Acting Chief Executive Officer of Thai Smile Airways Company Limited

James Sutherland

International Communications Coordinator - Friends International

John Boyd

Director of Sales - Pandaw Cruises

Seila Samleang

Executive Director - APLE Cambodia

Don Ross

Editor - Travel Trade Report (TTR) Weekly

James Kaplan

Senior VP - Minor Group

Peter Wiesner

Advisor to the Board - Bangkok Airways

Desiree Bandal

Director ASEAN Affairs - Air Asia

Clement Wong

CEO & Founder - BeMyGuest

Watcharas Leelawath

Executive Director, Mekong Institute

Sarah Schwepcke

Southeast Asia Lead Responsible and Inclusive Business Hubs (RIBH), GIZ

Willem Niemeijer

Chairman, Khiri Travel Group

Thourn Sinan

Chair, PATA Cambodia Chapter

Inthy Deuansavan

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

H.E. Dr. Thong Khon

Minister of Tourism, Royal Government of Cambodia

John Roberts

Worldwide Conservation Director, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas

Ashley Brooks

Land Use Specialist, WWF Tigers Alive Initiative

James Dion

Sustainable Tourism Program Manager, National Geographic - Maps

Geoffrey Lipman

Director of Greenearth.travel & President of ICTP

Randy Durband

CEO, Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Walter Jamieson

Professor and Director, Service Innovation Program, College of Innovation, Thammasat University

Steven Schipani

Senior Portfolio Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sokoun Chanpreda


Rory Hunter

CEO, Song Saa Hotels & Resorts

Eric Ricaurte

CEO, Greenview

Jens Thraenhart

Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)