Amadeus and Mekong Tourism organize 1st Mekong Trends Aviation Seminar in Bangkok

On October 10 th , 2017 from 4pm-6pm, Amadeus and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office will organize a seminar highlighting the key insights of the recently published Mekong Trends Snapshot on Air Transport in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Both the report and the seminar highlight the importance of aviation in the development of tourism in the region.

Tourism in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) region has been transformed over the last decade or so, owing largely to a significant rise in disposable income and also due to the proliferation of low cost carriers (LCCs) and a large number of new flight routes, making travel easier and more affordable.

As ASEAN pursues greater regional integration and the development of a single economic community, advancements in the region’s aviation industry are essential to boost economic connectivity and tourism. Half the world’s population lives within five hours of ASEAN, making it a natural transportation hub for visiting the region’s sunny beaches, accessing growing economic opportunities.

For over two decades now, air transport has been the pioneer to the development of tourism in the six countries, which form the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, China Guangxi and Yunnan provinces, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam).

Air transport is often perceived as the easiest means of connectivity in the region as it requires relatively limited infrastructure: a well-equipped runway and adequate passengers facilities are often the basics to help connecting a region to the world.

Over the last twenty years, air transport in the GMS helped to open up many destinations in the region, such as Siem Reap in Cambodia, Luang Prabang in Lao PDR, Danang in Vietnam, Mandalay in Myanmar or Guilin in Guangxi. The trend accelerated with the emergence of budget airlines. New air routes today link destinations such as Sihanoukville in Cambodia, Khon Kaen in Thailand or Pakse in Lao PDR, destinations which were barely noticed by travellers before. “Therefore, it is fitting that our first Mekong Trends Snapshot covers GMS Aviation. This edition, which an be downloaded for free at www.MekongTrends.com, provides a quick overview and some key insights on important developments and trends.” Explains Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO).

Mekong Trends is a new public-private partnership to deliver valuable industry intelligence on specific and relevant topics. Mekong Trends is owned and operated by CEN International, and published for the industry, on behalf of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and the National Tourism Organizations of the six member governments of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

The recent Mekong Trends Aviation Snapshot released during the last Mekong Tourism Forum in June 2017 in Luang Prabang, Laos, is a first attempt by the MTCO in cooperation with national tourism organisations to highlight the tremendous changes which occurred in air transport over the last years and to look at emerging opportunities within the GMS.

Amadeus and MTCO Seminar will open the debate with the travel industry about the further evolution of aviation in the region, the existing challenges as well as GMS opportunities for airlines. Key insights of the report as well as a panel will discuss the state of aviation and connectivity in the Mekong Region. The seminar will also look at ways cooperation exists
between National Tourism Organisations and airlines, and tourism industry in general. The Seminar will take place on Tuesday October 10 th at 4pm to 6pm and will be hosted by Amadeus at the Amadeus Executive Briefing Centre, 23 rd Floor, Capital Tower, All Seasons Place, Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

Registration is due to open and is free of charge. Information about the seminar is available under http://www.mekongtourism.org/events/mekong-trends- seminar-gms- aviation/