The previously announced Mekong Roundtable Conference to
be held in Luang Prabang on March 28-30, 2006 has been renamed “Mekong
Tourism Investment Summit”, as this clearly differentiates next year’s
program from the Mekong Tourism Forum, which was held annually from
1996-2005. The program has been totally revamped to ensure a productive
meeting and a positive outcome.
The Mekong Tourism Investment Summit is a new event for
the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), which comprises China, Myanmar, Laos,
Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Hosted by the Lao National Tourism
Administration in the World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, the meeting will
bring together investors and government officials from across the region and
beyond. The main objectives of the event are to:
1. Raise the profile of the GMS as a single tourism
destination by linking tourism investors with business opportunities;
2. Promote ‘win-win’ partnership models between
investors and local communities; and,
3. Create an accessible and enabling investment
environment through dialogue, debate and action.
The Summit will be organized with the private sector’s
interests in mind. Up to date information on investment procedures for each
of the GMS countries will be given and new investment opportunities
publicized, with opportunities for investors to meet and discuss sites with
government officials. Tourism businesspeople will share their experiences on
investing in the GMS and innovative ways of partnering with communities and
local authorities will be presented. Breakout sessions will provide
opportunities to discuss enabling policies and practices to help promote
‘win-win’ investments in the GMS.
Major recommendations and questions will be carried forth
to the “Dialogue with Mekong Ministers” at the PATA Annual Conference,
which will be held in Pattaya on April 23-27, 2006.
On line registration www. mekongtourisminvestmen
tsummit.com effective 3rd week of October 2005.