About MTF

Why join MTF 2019 in Dali, Yunnan?

Mekong Tourism Forum 2019 in Dali, Yunnan, P.R. China – May 28-29, 2019: 

Register for free at https://mekongtourismforum.org/index.php/registration/.

Download the MTF 2019 Program

MTF 2019 is hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, P.R. China (MCT), in Dali, Yunnan Province, with support from the Department of Culture and Tourism of Yunnan and the Dali Prefecture Tourism Department. The secretariat of the Mekong Tourism Working Group, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is coordinating the organization of MTF 2019 and related events. The MTF 2019 event program and concept is created and produced by the public-private partnership framework Destination Mekong.


MTF 2019 continues its objective from MTF 2018 to be inclusive and experiential. Similar as in Nakhon Phanom, where local villages were part in making the destination the venue, in Dali, Yunnan at MTF 2019, the destination will again be the venue.

MTF 2019 will introduce the theme “Tourism – a driver for cultural heritage preservation and poverty alleviation” to open participants’ and hosts’ minds alike by connecting and learning from each other. Tourism can be an important catalyst in changing people’s lives for the better through mutual understanding. By visiting each other’s communities and exchanging ideas, the world can be a better place, and travel can be a force for good.

Free to Industry Professionals

Limited Space Available! MTF 2019 is free to attend for qualified industry professionals.  Registration is open!




The Mekong Tourism Forum provides a cooperative platform for stakeholders in the tourism industry to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). It presents an inclusive, interactive and results-oriented opportunity to encourage public and private sector participation in representing the GMS as a single destination.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) organized the first Mekong Tourism Forum in 1996 and led it for 10 consecutive years. The hosting of this influential annual event rotated among destinations within the GMS until 2005. In subsequent years private sector initiated events around the region continued to work towards the forum’s goals.

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has revived the forum in 2010 taking place in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with the theme of “New Roads, New Opportunities”. Followed by MTF2011  “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star” in Pakse, Laos,  MTF2012 in Chiang Rai, Thailand with the theme of “20/20 Vision: Building on Two Decades of GMS Cooperation”, MTF2013 in Guilin, China with the theme ““The Rise of the Chinese traveller: Optimizing the impacts for the GMS”, MTF2014 in Mandalay, Myanmar with the theme “Tourism investment for the protection of Heritage and Culture”, and MTF2015 in Da Nang, Viet Nam with the theme “Unlocking the potential of the GMS via innovative partnerships”.

Six Nations Three Common Goals

The Mekong Tourism Forum works to achieve three main objectives:

  • To raise the profile of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) as a single tourist destination
  • To provide an industry-wide platform for the public and private sectors to address sub-regional tourism issues
  • To expand marketing networks and opportunities for promoting the GMS and its stakeholders, pool collective resources and create intra-industry synergy.

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