Mekong Tourism Advisory Group

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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:

MeTAG Members are recommended by other members and appointed by the Chair of Destination Mekong.

Achim Munz

Hanns Seidel Foundation

Myanmar Residence Chief

Alex Rayner

Amadeus Smart Data Travel



Asia Development Bank

Director, Regional Cooperation Southeast Asia Department

Andreas Hofmann (Dr.)


Tourism Project Manager

Anne Somanas

TTG Asia

Correspondent Thailand

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Health & Wellness

Bart Bellers

Xpdite Capital Partners


Bertie Lawson

Sampan Travel Myanmar


Bobby Nguyen

Mekong Rustic and Crystal Holidays JSC


Brian Linden

The Linden Centre


Christian Pucher

Hilton Hotels

Senior Director of Development Asia

Christopher Imbsen

World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC)

Director of Destination Stewardship

Daniel Fraser

Smiling Albino

Managing Director

David Robinson

Bangkok River Partners


Dominic Mellor

Asian Development Bank

Southeast Asia Department

Don Ross

TTR Weekly Media


Duangmala Phommavong

EXO Travel Laos

Managing Director

Acting Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Arts & Culture

Duong Bich Hanh (Dr.)

UNESCO Bangkok

Chief of Culture Unit

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Arts & Culture

Eric Hallin

Six Senses Con Dao

General Manager

Gabriela Kühn

ECPAT International

Head of Programme

Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Child Protection

Gary Bowerman

Check-in Asia & Co-host of The South East Asia Travel Show


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


Guillermo Varela

Rosewood Hotel Luang Prabang

General Manager

Hai Ho



Hamish Keith

EXO Travel


Hannah Pearson

Pear Anderson


Harlan Zhang

Guiling Tourism University


Harry Hwang

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Deputy Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific

Hieu Nguyen

Viet Kingfisher Sport Event


Ian Fenwick (Dr.)

Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Bangkok & Phuket


Ingo Schweder

GOCO Hospitality


Inthy Deuansavan

Green Discovery Laos & Inthira Hotels and Restaurants Group

CEO & Founder

Jaffee Yee


Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

James Sano

World Wildlife Fund

Vice President, Travel and Conservation

James Sutherland

Friends International / Child Safe

International Communications Coordinator

Jameson Wong


APAC Director

Janina Bikova

Wildlife Conservation Society

Ecotourism Advisor Laos

Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Wildlife Conservation

Jason Lusk

Clickable Impact

Managing Partner

Jason M. Friedman

Shinta Mani Hotels

Director Operations

Jason Rolan

RDK Group

Senior Partner

Jens Thraenhart

Founder , Destination Mekong

former Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

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

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Wildlife Conservation

Justin Malcolm

Le Meridien Saigon

General Manager


Perfectlink Consulting


Karan Kaul

Absolute Hotel Services

Vice President – Business Development

Louis Moser


Area Manager – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar

Luc Citrinot

ASEAN.Travel News


Luu Meng

Almond Group Cambodia


Luzi Matzig

Asian Trails


Marissa Carruthers

TTG Asia Media


Mark Wong

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Senior Vice President Asia Pacific

Markus Schuckert

The University of New Orleans

Professor and Department Chair, Director of the Hospitality Research Center

Martin Venzky-Stalling

Independent Consultant

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Health & Wellness

Matt Gibson

Professional Travel Blogger Association

Former President

Mauro Gasparotti

Savills Hotels SEA


May Win

Chatrium Hotel Yangon

General Manager, Chair – Myanmar Tourism Marketing

Mia Signs


Outreach and Advocacy Manager, Illegal Wildlife Trade and Ivory HII;...

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Wildlife Conservation

Michael Fink


Country Director Laos

Michael Marshall

Minor Hotels

Chief Commercial Officer

Michael Zhou

Odynovo Tours


Mike Haynes (Dr.)

Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development


Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Food- & Agro-Tourism

Myo Thwin

Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association - MTM / Myanmar Tourism Federation


Natasha Martin

Good Tourism


Nattakorn Asunee

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Operations Manager

Nick Ray

Hanuman Travel / Lonely Planet


Nicole Häusler (Dr.)

International Trade Centre


Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn

Horwath HTL

Director Thailand

Ollie Ansell


Director Commercial – Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

Peter Richards

International Trade Centre


Peter Wiesner

Bangkok Airways

Advisor to Board of Directors

Pongpanu Svetarundra

Asset World Corporation

Director, former permanent secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports

Ric Gazarian

Global Gaz

CEO, Chapter Leader – Travel Massive Bangkok

Roi Ariel

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

General Manager

Ross Corbett

Ross Corbett Consulting

International Tourism Specialist

Sarunyikha Santsupakij (Dr.)

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, International College for Sustainability Studies

Assistant Dean for Research Affairs / Faculty Lecturer

Scott Smith (Dr.)

Assumption University


Simon Lloyd

Dusit Thani College

Dean, International Hospitality Industry

Co-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Education & Research

Sophie Hartman


Regional Platform Coordinator

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Child Protection

Vice-Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Academia & Research

Steven Howard

Travel News Asia

Founder and Managing Director

Steven Schipani

Asian Development Bank

Principal Tourism Industry Specialist

Sumate Sudasna

Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA)


Supawan Teerarat

Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Senior Vice President

Susanne Becken (Dr.)

Griffith University

Professor of Sustainable Tourism

Theodore Koumelis

TravelDailyNews Asia-Pacific

Founder & Managing Editor

Thourn Sinan

B2B Travel

CEO, Chair – PATA Cambodia Chapter

Tom Rutherford


Regional Director – Indochina

Torsten Edens

Memories Group Myanmar

Senior Vice President, Travel

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

South China Morning Post

Freelance writer for South China Morning Post, Travel+Leisure, Nikkei Asia,...

Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Food- & Agro-Tourism

Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil (Dr.)

Mahidol University


Chair: MeTAG Expert Group on Education & Research

Wanvipa Phanumat

Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA)

Director of Community Based Tourism Development

Madhurjya Kumar Dutta

Mekong Institute

Director, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department

Willem Niemeijer

Yaana Ventures / Khiri Travel


Wimintra Raj

eGlobal Travel Media / Hotelintel

Publisher & Editor

Wouter Schalken

Asian Development Bank

Tourism Specialist

Xu Jing

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Former Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific

Yereth Jansen

Go Kunming


Zhu Jinsheng (Dr.)

Guilin Tourism University

Deputy Director, School of Education and Exchange

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