Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) announces the 2020/2021 Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG)

The role of the “Mekong Tourism Advisory Group” includes the verification of nominations to be included in the “Experience Mekong Collection“, as well as the selection of the “Annual Experience Mekong Showcase”, featuring 5 innovative responsible experiences per GMS member country. MeTAG members also advise on programming for events, such as the annual Mekong Tourism Forum.

If you would like to join the “Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG)“, first please apply to become a member of our Mekong Tourism Contributor Program, to be considered, and please send a message – with the subject line “MeTAG” – why you would like to be an active member of MeTAG, and what you bring to the table as it relates to GMS travel and tourism expertise.

This is an excellent opportunity for you 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. There can be no doubt that this exercise will help to meet the needs of the growing influence of the experiential visitor.

The role of MeTAG Members include:

  1. Verify and endorse Experience Mekong Collection nominations and promote nominations to EMC.
  2. Select innovative experiences for specific practices from the Experience Mekong Collection for the Experience Mekong Showcase.
  3. Assist in the programming of Mekong Tourism events, including the annual Mekong Tourism Forum
  4. Support Mekong Tourism initiatives via personal networks, relationships, expertise, and resources
  5. Remain an active Mekong Tourism Contributor

Achim Munz

Myanmar Residence Chief - Hans Seidel Foundation

Alex Rayner

CEO - Amadeus Smartdata Travel

Alfredo Perdiguero


Andreas Hofmann (Dr.)

Tourism Project Manager - GIZ

Anne Somanas

TTG Asia - Correspondent Thailand

Bart Bellers

CEO - Xpedite Capital Partners

Bertie Lawson

CEO - Sampan Travel Myanmar

Bobby Nguyen

Director - Mekong Rustic and Crystal Holidays JSC

Brian Linden

Owner - The Linden Centre

Christian Pucher

Senior Director of Development Asia - Hilton Hotels

Christopher Imbsen

Director of Destination Stewardship - World Travel Tourism Council (WTTC)

Daniel Fraser

Managing Director - Smiling Albino

David Robinson

Director - Bangkok River Partners

Dominic Mellor

Southeast Asia Department - Asia Development Bank

Don Ross

Editor - TTR Weekly Media

Sarunyikha Santsupakij (Dr.)

Assistant Dean for Research Affairs / Faculty Lecturer - Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, International College for Sustainability Studies

Susanne Becken (Dr.)

Professor of Sustainable Tourism - Griffith University

Duangmala Phommavong

Managing Director - EXO Travel Laos

Duong Bich Hanh (Dr.)

Chief of Culture Unit - UNESCO Bangkok

Eric Hallin

General Manager - Six Senses Con Dao

Gabriela Kühn

Head of Programme - ECPAT International

Gary Bowerman

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

Gary Marshall

Founder and CEO - Travel Daily Media

Geoffrey Lipman, Professor

Creative Disruption Architect - The SUNx Program

Gerrit Kruger

Managing Director - Chameleon Strategies

Guido Neil

COO - 12GO Asia

Guillermo Varela

General Manager - Rosewood Hotel Luang Prabang

Hai Ho

CEO - Triip

Harlan Zhang

Professor - Guiling Tourism University

Hamish Keith

CEO - EXO Travel

Hannah Pearson

Director- Pear Anderson

Harry Hwang

Deputy Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Hieu Nguyen

Founder - Viet Kingfisher Sport Events

Htay Aung (Dr.)

Former Minister - Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Myanmar

Ian Fenwick (Dr.)

Director, Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Bangkok & Phuket

Ingo Schweder

CEO - GOCO Hospitality

Inthy Deuansavan

CEO & Founder - Green Discovery Laos & Inthira Hotels and Restaurants Group

Jaeyon Choe (Dr.)

Senior Lecturer - Bournemouth University

Jaffee Yee

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief - MEKONG BUSINESS & TRAVEL

James Sano

Vice President, Travel and Conservation - World Wildlife Fund

Jameson Wong

APA Director - Foward Keys

Janina Bikova

Ecotourism Advisor Laos - Wildlife Conservation Society

Jason Lusk

Consultant - Asia Development Bank

Jason M. Friedman

Director Operations - Shinta Mani Hotels

Jason Rolan

Senior Partner - RDK Group

Jens Thraenhart

Executive Director - Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Jens Uwe Parkitny

Digital Consultant & Co-Owner of Loikaw Lodge by the Lake

Joe Cummings

Editor at Large - Talisman Media

John Roberts

Director Sustainability - Minor International

Justin Malcolm

General Manager - Le Meridien Saigon

Jutamas (Jan) Wisansing (Dr.)

CEO - Perfectlink Consulting

Kai Marcus Schroeter

CEO - Hospitality Tourism Management

Karan Kaul

Vice President Business Development - Absolute Hotel Services

Kyi Kyi Aye

Advisor - Myanmar Tourism Federation

Louis Moser

Area Manager - Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar - IATA

Lu Mon (Dr.)

CEO - Mira Travels Myanmar

Luc Citrinot

Editor - ASEAN.Travel News

Luu Meng

CEO - Almond Group Cambodia

Luzi Matzig

Chairman - Asian Trails

Madhurjya Kum Dutta

Director, Trade and Investment Facilitation Department - Mekong Institute

Marissa Carruthers

Journalist - TTG Asia Media

Mark Wong

Senior Vice President Asia Pacific - Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Martin Venzky-Stalling

Director - Chiva Care

Matt Gibson

Former President - Professional Travel Blogger Association

Mauro Gasparotti

Director - Savills Hotels SEA

May Win

General Manager - Chatrium Hotel Yangon / Chair - Myanmar Tourism Marketing

Mia Signs

Outreach and Advocacy Manager, Illegal Wildlife Trade and Ivory HII - WWF

Michael Marshall

Chief Commercial Officer - Minor Hotels

Michael Zhou

CEO - Odynovo Tours

Mike Haynes (Dr.)

Consultant - Myanmar Institute for Integrated Development

Myo Thwin

Chairperson - Myanmar Tourism Marketing Association, Chairperson - Myanmar Tourism Federation

Natasha Martin

Founder - Good Tourism

Nattakorn Asunee

Operations Manager - Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office

Nick Ray

Journalist - Hanuman Travel / Lonely Planet

Nicole Häusler (Dr.)

Consultant - International Trade Center

Nikhom Jensiriratanakorn

Director Thailand - Horwath HTL

Ollie Ansell

Director Commercial - Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos - Accor

Peter Richards

Consultant - International Trade Centre

Peter Wiesner

Advisor to Board of Directors - Bangkok Airways

Pongpanu Svetarundra

Director Asset World Corporation/former permanent secretary of ministry of Tourism and Sports

James Sutherland

International Communications Coordinator - Friends International / Child Safe

Ric Gazarian

Chapter Leader - Travel Massive Bangkok / CEO - Global Gaz

Michael Fink

Country Director Laos - Swisscontact

Roi Ariel

General Manager - Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Ross Corbett

International Tourism Specialist - Ross Corbett Consulting

Scott Smith (Dr.)

Professor - Assumption University

Simon Lloyd

Dean, International Hospitality Industry - Dusit Thani College

Soon-Hwa Wong

Chair - PATA

Sophie Hartman

Regional Platform Coordinator - ASSET - H&C

Steven Howard

Founder and Managing Director - Travel News Asia

Steven Schipani

Senior Portfolio Management Specialist - Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Sumate Sudasna

President - Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA)

Supawan Teerarat

Sr. Vice President – TCEB

Theodore Koumelis

Founder & Managing Editor, TravelDailyNews Asia-Pacific

Thourn Sinan

Chair - PATA Cambodia Chapter / CEO - B2B Travel

Tom Rutherford

Regional Director Indochina - AMAN

Torsten Edens

Sr Vice President Travel - Memories Group

Vincent Vichit-Vadakan

Freelance Writer for South China Morning Post, Travel+Leisure, Nikkei Asian Review, The Guardian among many others

Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil (Dr.)

Professor - Mahidol University

Willem Niemejer

Chairman - Yaana Ventures / Khiri Travel

Wimintra Raj

Publisher & Editor - eGlobal Travel Media / Hotelintel

Wouter Schalken

Tourism Specialist - World Bank

Xu Jing

Former Director, Regional Department for Asia & the Pacific - World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Yereth Jansen

CEO - Go Kunming

Zhu Jinsheng (Dr.)

Deputy Director, School of Education and Exchange - Guilin Tourism University

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