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21 & 22 October 2021 | 2PM – 6PM (Indochina time)

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OBJECTIVES

AGENDA - Indo-China Time

(Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Western Indonesia)

13:00

Pre-event

Virtual Check-in

14:00

Introduction

Opening

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

14:05

TOURISM IN THE GREATER MEKONG SUBREGION

Destination Mekong and our Partnerships

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

Arwin Sharma

Board of Directors

Indian Ocean Tourism Organization (IOTO)

14:20

Keynote

Achieving a Balanced Tourism Recovery

Virginia Messina

Senior Vice President, Advocacy

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

14:30

COUNTRY FEATURE

CAMBODIA

Welcome to Cambodia

Nick Ray

Owner/Journalist

Hanuman Travel/Lonely Planet

From Crisis to Opportunity

PANEL

Jemma Bullock

Program Manager

Elephant Valley Project

Dara Huot

CEO

Phare Performing Social Enterprise

Jason Friedman

Managing Director

J.M. Friedman & Co.

14:50

COUNTRY FEATURE

PR CHINA

Welcome to Yunnan & Guangxi

Mei Zhang

Founder and Chairlady

Wild China

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Brian Linden

Owner

The Linden Centre

Chris Barclay

Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

Hwee Ling

General Manager

The Bivou

15:10

COUNTRY FEATURE

LAO PDR

Welcome to Laos

Duangmala Phommavong

Managing Director

EXO Travel Laos

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Joanna Smith

Co-founder & Creative Director

Ock Pop Tok

Susie Martin

CEO/ Director of Sales and Marketing

Laos Buffalo Dairy

Shui Meng

Founder

TaiBaan Crafts

15:30

COUNTRY FEATURE

MYANMAR

Welcome to Myanmar

Myo Thwin

Chairperson

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Jens-Uwe Parkitny

Co-Owner

Loikaw Lodge by the Lake

15:30

COUNTRY FEATURE

THAILAND

Welcome to Thailand

Sumate Sudasna

President

Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) 

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Sandy Peamsomboon

Director of MICE and Special Projects

Local Alike

Elias Maung

Managing Director

Thai Tribal Craft

Potjana Suansri

The Family Tree

Premruethai Tosermkit

The Family Tree

15:50

COUNTRY FEATURE

VIET NAM

Welcome to Viet Nam

Nguyen Thi Huong Lien

Founder

I Love Asia Tour

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Linh Tuan Nguyen

CEO & Managing Director

Mr. Linh’s Adventure

Nguyen Thi Lan Huong

CEO

Omamori Spa

Bernard Kervyn

Founder & Director

Mekong Quilts

16:10

EXPERIENCE MEKONG COLLECTION

Winner Announcement: 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil (Dr.)

Professor

Mahidol University

Kanha Sam

Managing Director

Soksa Bike

Joanna Smith

Co-Founder

Ock Pop Tok

Peter Richards

Co-Founder

The Family Tree

Jimmy Pham

Founder

KOTO

Nattakorn Na Ayudhaya

Operations Manager

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

16:50

MEKONG STORIES

Launch: Mekong Stories Book

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

Mark Bibby Jackson

Founder

Travel Begins at 40

17:00

MEKONG HEROES

Mekong Hall of Heroes

17:10

IntroductionCLOSING

Closing Remarks

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

13:00

Pre-event

Virtual Check-in

14:00

Introduction

Opening

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

14:00

WELCOME

United Nations World Tourism Organisation

Harry Hwang

Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

14:20

KEYNOTE

Scenarios of a Balanced Tourism Recovery

Woody Wade

Author & Futurist

14:30

THEMATC FEATURE

FOOD TOURISM

Welcome

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

Freelance writer

South China Morning Post, Travel+Leisure, Nikkei Asia, among other international publications

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan​

Freelance writer

South China Morning Post, Travel+Leisure, Nikkei Asia, among other international publications

Luu Meng

CEO

Almond Group

Arrut Navaraj

Managing Director

Suan Sampran

14:45

THEMATC FEATURE

WELLNESS TOURISM

Welcome

Ingo Schweder

CEO

GOCO Hospitality

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Clive McNish

Group Director of Operations

GOCO Hospitality

Martin Venzky-Stalling

Independent Consultant

Kristian Toivanen

Director Healthcare Projects

VAMED Group

15:15

THEMATIC FEATURE

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Welcome

Janina Bikova

Ecotourism Advisor Laos

Wildlife Conservation Society

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Janina Bikova

Ecotourism Advisor Laos

Wildlife Conservation Society

John Roberts

Director of Sustainability

Minor International

Mia Signs

Outreach and Advocacy Manager, Illegal Wildlife Trade and Ivory

WWF Greater Mekong

15:30

THEMATIC FEATURE

CHILD PROTECTION

Welcome

Gabriela Kühn

Head of Programme

ECPAT International

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Gabriela Kühn​

Head of Programme

ECPAT International

Mihee Kang

Director Asia-Pacific

GSTC

Jon Cannon

General Manager

Ibis Styles Bangkok

15:45

THEMATIC FEATURE

EDUCATION

Welcome

Dr. Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil

Professor

Mahidol University

PANEL

From Crisis to Opportunity

Dr. Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil

Professor

Mahidol University

Sophie Hartman

Regional Platform Coordinator

Asset H&C

Simon Lloyd

Dean, International Hospitality Industry

Dusit Thani College

16:00

PANEL

FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY

THEMATC FEATURE

CLIMATE CHANGE & SDGs

Welcome

Geoffrey Lipman

Creative Disruption Architect

The SunX Program

PANEL

FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY

16:35

DISCUSSION

Future of Tourism in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region

Welcome Remarks

Steven Schipani

Principal Tourism Industry Specialist

Asian Development Bank

PANEL

FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY

Moderated by Mr. Steven Schipani

Michael Marshall

Chief Commercial Officer

Minor Hotels

Jutamas Wisansing

CEO

Perfect Link Consulting

Imtiaz Muqbil

Executive Editor

Travel Impact Newswire

RELEASE

MEKONG TOURISM RECOVERY COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

Steven Schipani

Principal Tourism Industry Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

16:15

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

2021 Mekong Innovations in Sustainable Tourism (MIST)

Introduction

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

PANEL

FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY

Moderated by Mr. Steven Schipani

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

Jason Lusk

Consultant

Asian Development Bank

Amornched Jinda-Apiraksa

CEO & Co-Founder

Take Me Tour

Aroun Khoungkhakoune

Founder

Bamboo Lao

Wichartbhol Surapolbhichet

Co-Founder

Perfect Link Consulting

Germ Doornbos

CEO

Noir Spa

17:20

CLOSING DAY 2

Closing Remarks

Jens Thraenhart

Founder

Destination Mekong

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