“Tourism – a driver for cultural heritage preservation and poverty alleviation.”
The Linden Centre is proud to have played an important role in the hosting of the Mekong Tourism Forum in Dali earlier this month. The theme of this year’s forum was “Tourism – a driver for cultural heritage preservation and poverty alleviation.” Brian Linden delivered one of the keynote speeches of the conference on the impact of the high-speed railway on the development of closer ties between the Greater Mekong Subregion. Brian’s afternoon speech, which focused on the people and culture of the region was extremely well received by the hundreds of delegates.
Additionally, the Linden Centre was one of the six businesses (one in each of the Greater Mekong member countries) that were selected by the advisory board for their innovation in creating unique experiences while focusing on using responsible and sustainable practices. The Greater Mekong Subregion Secretariat has partnered with Bangkok-based Mahidol University to add a series of case studies of each of the chosen businesses to the student curriculum. As part of our Mekong Responsible travel mandate (www.MekongResponsibleTravel.org), this initiative will prepare the next generation of leaders to learn from innovative travel businesses and inspire other travel organizations to be more responsible, and as such build capacity in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
The Linden Centre continues to push for more responsible business practices in the region. Recognition from the Greater Mekong Subregion, which partners closely with the. Asian Development Bank, demonstrates that our efforts are having a larger impact.