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Gathering to explore GMS tourism

Released at: 13:42, 10/06/2015

Gathering to explore GMS tourism

Five-day forum in Da Nang from June 15 to discuss developing and promoting sustainable tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

by Doanh Doanh

Public and private sector participants representing the tourism industry, civil society, academia, the media, and development organizations, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will attend the 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum, an annual event showcasing tourism trends and developments in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

This year’s gathering will take place over five days in Da Nang, starting on June 15, and be hosted by the central coastal city, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, and the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

“Tourism is flourishing in the GMS but with that growth comes the need to shape the industry in a way that increases benefits to local communities and protects the environment,” said Mr. Steven Schipani, Senior Portfolio Management Specialist at ADB’s Lao Resident Mission. “ADB is involved in a number of GMS tourism initiatives, as we see well-managed tourism as a powerful tool to support poverty reduction and inclusive economic growth.”

This year’s theme focuses on building partnerships to unlock the full potential of the GMS as a single tourism destination. The Subregion includes Cambodia, Yunnan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Since 2002, international tourist arrivals to the GMS have risen at an annual average rate of about 12 per cent, giving it a 3 per cent share of the global tourism market.

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