Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Laos News  >>   Tourism  >>   Greater Mekong to attract more tourists
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs        15  June 2011

Greater Mekong to attract more tourists

Related Stories

July 9, 2010
Govt targets 1.22m tourists next year

June 14, 2010
Laos looking to lure more Japanese tourists

February 22, 2009
Laos plans visa waivers to boost tourism

Stepping up efforts to implement joint marking and promotion programme, the countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) plan to attract 52 million international visitors by 2015.

The GMS is also looking at US$52 billion in revenue, reports the Lao news agency (KPL).

In 2010 members of the six-country GMS Tourism Working Group revived the Mekong Tourism Forum as one of the subregion's flagship events to promote emerging Mekong destinations and serve as a platform to exchange knowledge on sustainable tourism.

With the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a strategy has been developed by Cambodia, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province of China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, to promote quality subregional tourism that will contribute to poverty reduction, and sustainable development while minimizing negative impacts. Between 2003 and 2011, ADB has provided US$58.7 million in loan and grant assistance to the GMS tourism industry.

The GMS Tourism Sector Strategy includes 29 priority projects and seven strategic programs that focus on marketing and product development, human resource development, heritage conservation and social impact management, pro-poor tourism development, private sector participation, facilitation of the movement of tourists within the subregion, and tourism-related infrastructure development.

Craig Steffensen, Country Director of ADB's Thailand Resident Mission, said during a recent midterm review of the strategy, GMS Tourism Ministers directed the Tourism Working Group to focus on promoting pro-poor tourism development, strengthen tourism-related human resources, and jointly promote the development of thematic, multi-country tour routes linked to the iconic Mekong River.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, in 2010 the Mekong region generated approximately US$22.1 billion in economic output linked to travel, shopping, entertainment, transportation and other tourism-related services.

However, a long running annual increase in international arrivals was briefly derailed in 2009 due to the global economic downturn.

Growth rebounded strongly in 2010 when the GMS surpassed the historic milestone of 30 million international arrivals for that year.

"This impressive growth and resilience is mainly due to the subregion's highly competitive cost structure, rapidly improving subregional connectivity, liberalization of immigration policies, and increasing affluence among the GMS population," Steffensen added.


Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
  Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Today's  Stories    15  June  2011 Subsribe Now !
 • Greater Mekong to attract more tourists Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• Malaysia thwarts hacking attempt Asean Affairs Premium
• US backs Philippines on Spratlys
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Singapore unemployment lowest in 3 years
• Nationalism invades Thai telecoms
• Thai PM candidate may avoid debate
 • Thai army chief speaks out on politics
• Vietnam hosts workshop on sustainable development p

Asean Analysis    15  June  2011

Advertise Your Brand
• Asean bourses Sponsor Our Events

Asean Stock Watch    15  June  2011 

• Asean Stock Watch-June 15 p

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent

• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore
• Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline
• Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More


Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2021 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand