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Mekong Tourism Advisory Group

The Mekong Tourism Advisory Group has been created to provide an opportunity for tourism stakeholders to have an impact on further positioning the region in a positive way and building a series of experiences that can highlight the region and ensure that tourism is able to play its cultural, economic and social development role.

The role of MeTAG Members include:

  • Verify and endorse Experience Mekong Collection nominations and promote nominations to EMC.
  • Select innovative experiences for specific practices from the Experience Mekong Collection for the Experience Mekong Showcase.
  • Assist in the programming of Mekong Tourism events, including the annual Mekong Tourism Forum
  • Support Mekong Tourism initiatives via personal networks, relationships, expertise, and resources
  • Remain an active Mekong Tourism Contributor

To be considered for the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG), please apply to become a member of the Mekong Tourism Contributor Program, to be considered, and please send a message – with the subject line “MeTAG” – why you would like to be an active member of MeTAG, and what you bring to the table as it relates to GMS travel and tourism expertise.

Achim Munz

Hans Seidel Foundation

Myanmar Residence Chief

ALFREDO PERDIGUERO

Asia Development Bank

Director, Regional Cooperation Southeast Asia Department

Andreas Hofmann

GIZ

Tourism Project Manager

Anne Somanas

TTG Asia

Correspondent Thailand

Bertie Lawson

Sampan Travel Myanmar

CEO

Bobby Nguyen

Mekong Rustic and Crystal Holidays JSC

Director

Brian Linden

The Linden Centre

Owner

Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya

Tourism Authority of Thailand

Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific)

Christian Pucher

Hilton Hotels

Christian Pucher

Christopher Imbsen

World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC)

Director of Destination Stewardship

Daniel Fraser

Smiling Albino

Managing Director

David Robinson

Bangkok River Partners

Director

Dominic Mellor

Asian Development Bank

Southeast Asia Department

Don Ross

TTR Weekly Media

Editor

Duangmala Phommavong

EXO Travel Laos

Managing Director

Duong Bich Hanh (Dr.)

UNESCO Bangkok

Chief of Culture Unit

Eric Hallin

Six Senses Con Dao

General Manager

Gabriela Kühn

ECPAT

Head of Programme

Gary Marshall

Travel Daily Media

Founder and CEO

Geoffrey Lipman, Professor

The SUNx Program

Creative Disruption Architect

Gerrit Kruger

Chameleon Strategies

Managing Director

Guido Neil

12GO Asia

COO

Guillermo Varela

Rosewood Hotel Luang Prabang

General Manager

Hailin Zhang

Guiling Tourism University

Professor

Hamish Keith

EXO Travel

CEO

Harry Hwang

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Deputy Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific

Htay Aung (Dr.)

MINISTRY OF HOTELS AND TOURISM MYANMAR

Former Minister

Ian Fenwick (Dr.)

Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Bangkok & Phuket

Director

Inthy Deuansavan

Green Discovery Laos & Inthira Hotels and Restaurants Group

CEO & Founder

Jaffee Yee

MEKONG BUSINESS & TRAVEL

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

James Sano

World Wildlife Fund

Vice President, Travel and Conservation

Janina Bikova

Wildlife Conservation Society

Ecotourism Advisor Laos

Jason Lusk

Asian Development Bank

Consultant

Jason M. Friedman

Shinta Mani Hotels

Jens Thraenhart

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Executive Director

Jens Uwe Parkitny

Loikaw Lodge by the Lake

Digital Consultant & Co-Owner

Joe Cummings

Talisman Media

Editor at Large

John Roberts

Minor International

Director Sustainability

Justin Malcolm

Le Meridien Saigon

General Manager

JUTAMAS (JAN) WISANSING (DR.)

Perfectlink Consulting

CEO

Kyi Kyi Aye

Myanmar Tourism Federation

Advisor

Lu Mon (Dr.)

Mira Travels Myanmar

CEO

Luc Citrinot

ASEAN.Travel News

Editor

Luu Meng

Almond Group Cambodia

CEO

Luzi Matzig

Asian Trails

Chairman

Marissa Carruthers

TTG Asia Media

Journalist

Mark Wong

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Senior Vice President Asia Pacific

Markus Schuckert (Dr.)

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor

Martin Venzky-Stalling

Chiva Care

Director

Matt Gibson

Professional Travel Blogger Association

Former President

Mauro Gasparotti

Savills Hotels SEA

Director

May Win

Chatrium Hotel Yangon

General Manager, Chair – Myanmar Tourism Marketing

Michael Marshall

Minor Hotels

Chief Commercial Officer

Michael Zhou

Odynovo Tours & Travel Agent Support

President

Mike Haynes (Dr.)

Consultant

Natasha Martin

Bannikin Travel

Managing Director Asia

Nick Ray

Hanuman Travel / Lonely Planet

Journalist

Nicole Häusler (Dr.)

International Trade Center

Consultant

Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn

Horwath HTL

Director Thailand

Paul Penfold

LuxDev

Tourism HR Development Advisor

Peter Richards

International Trade Centre

Consultant

Peter Wiesner

Bangkok Airways

Advisor to Board of Directors

Renay Farrell

Friends International / Child Safe

International Coordinator

Ric Gazarian

Global Gaz

CEO, Chapter Leader – Travel Massive Bangkok

Richard Rose

Swisscontact

Country Director Laos

Roi Ariel

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

General Manager

Scott Smith (Dr.)

Assumption University

Professor

Steven Howard

Travel News Asia

Founder and Managing Director

Steven Schipani

Asian Development Bank

Senior Portfolio Management Specialist

Sumate Sudasna

Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA)

President

Supawan Teerarat

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Senior Vice President

Theodore Koumelis

TravelDailyNews Asia-Pacific

Founder & Managing Editor

Thourn Sinan

B2B Travel

CEO, Chair – PATA Cambodia Chapter

Torsten Edens

Sr Vice President Travel

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

Freelance Writer for South China Morning Post, Travel+Leisure, Nikkei Asian...

Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil (Dr.)

Mahidol University

Professor

Watcharas Leelawath (Dr.)

Mekong Institute

Executive Director

Willem Niemejer

Yaana Ventures / Khiri Travel

Chairman

Wimintra Raj

Hotel Intel

CEO

Wouter Schalken

World Bank

Tourism Specialist

Xu Jing

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Former Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific

Yereth Jansen

Go Kunming

CEO

Zhu Jinsheng (Dr.)

Guilin Tourism University

Deputy Director, School of Education and Exchange

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