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Mekong Tourism Investment Summit (March 28-30, 2006)

The first Mekong Tourism Investment Summit will take place March 28-30, in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. The objective of the summit is to encourage investment in tourism projects throughout the Mekong river region.

PATA or Pacific Asia Travel Association’s third quarter 2005 international visitor arrival statistics show strong demand for Mekong-region destinations. Compared to third quarter 2004, Cambodia recorded an increase of 35.3%, Lao PDR 23.8%, Thailand 6.7%, Vietnam of 11.3%, China’s southern province of Yunnan 43.9%, and Guangxi province 27.2%. Myanmar’s performance was down - by 7%. In this regard, up to 200 delegates will discuss the profile of the Mekong region as an expanding tourism destination. The emphasis will be on linking tourism investors with business opportunities that benefit local communities. The summit, hosted by the Lao National Tourism Administration, will recommend action to overcome obstacles to growth.

Major features of the event will include:
- user-friendly documents detailing tourism investment procedures
- presentations from entrepreneurs profiling investment success stories
- case studies of pioneering community-private sector partnerships.
- breakout sessions on improving the investment environment
- Mekong-region country booths

For registration and additional information, click here.