(28 July 2021)
The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has unveiled
the 15 finalists of the Experience Mekong Showcases 2021 from
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand Vietnam, as well as Guangxi and
Yunnan in China.
Three thousand eligible
votes determined three Experience Mekong Collection members from
each of the five participating countries this year for the next
round of voting.
The public can
vote until 31 August,
with the six Experience Mekong Showcases
to be announced at the 2021 Destination Mekong Summit scheduled
to take place later
The 15 finalists are:
“Alliances like the
Experience Mekong Collection are more important than ever,
especially in crises such as during the COVID19 pandemic, to
strengthen resilience both at the destination level, as well as
for the individual businesses themselves, via sharing of best
practices, networking, cross-promotional activities, and creating
operational efficiencies,” said
outgoing Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating
Office, and initiator of the Experience Mekong Collection.
“I am convinced that the Experience Mekong Collection will help
accelerate tourism recovery in the region, as well as protect and
conserve these locally authentic experiences, which are the
treasure trove of the Mekong region.”
The Experience Mekong Collection was created four
years ago to recognize and encourage sustainable and responsible
tourism development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
appointed as a member of the Experience Mekong Collection, all
small travel businesses in the Mekong Region need to fulfill the
1. Make a significant social impact
on its community;
2. Provide an authentically local experience
positioning the GMS as a responsible, inclusive, and experiential
tourism destination; and
3. Have an innovative concept
and sustainable business model.
Founder & CEO of Yaana Ventures and interim Chairman of
Destination Mekong, said, “In recognizing the
most innovative best practice businesses as the Experience Mekong
Showcases, this sets several benchmarks to further improve travel
experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion. As consumer trends
and travel behaviors are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we
hope this inspires other operators of any size to become involved
in responsible and inclusive tourism.”
The 2018 Experience Mekong Collection
Showcases included: Phare Cambodian Circus (Cambodia), Longji Rice
Terraces Guangxi (China), Ock Pop Tok (Laos), Inle Heritage
Place (Myanmar), Local Alike (Thailand), and Koto (Vietnam).
2019 Experience Mekong Collection Showcases included: Soksabike
(Cambodia), Linden Centre (China), Elephant Conservation Centre
(Laos), Hla Day (Myanmar),
Sampran Riverside (Thailand), and
Streets International (Vietnam).
The 2020 Experience Mekong
Collection Showcases included: the Elephant Valley Project
(Cambodia), Yangshuo Mountain Retreat (China),
Dairy (Lao PDR), Living Irravaddy Dolphin Project (Myanmar), The
Family Tree (Thailand), and Journey of the Senses (Vietnam).
The 2021 finalists from Myanmar will this year be
judged differently via an industry panel made up of
Mekong Tourism Advisory Group members.
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