Within days of its launch, the “Responsible Tourism Guide to the Mekong” started receiving plaudits from stakeholders in Mekong tourism and experts in the fields of sustainable tourism and responsible travel …

Dr Thomas Bauer

“The Responsible Tourism Guide to the Mekong website is an excellent complement to the existing ‘Guide to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam’, a publication of the Mekong Tourism Development Project (MTDP). The website allows a broader distribution of its content to responsible travelers from around the world. It is my hope that the site can also assist the Mekong countries in their very worthy endeavor to make tourism a truly sustainable activity that benefits local populations, cultures and environments and enhances the appreciation of the tourists of the magnificent diversity of cultures and environments. I wish the project all the best.”

Dr Thomas Bauer
Chair, PATA Sustainable Tourism Advisory Committee
Rainforest Guardian, Australian Rainforest Foundation
Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
Asst. Professor of Tourism, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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“This Explore Mekong website is a very timely and useful addition to the marketplace communication tools available to the superb destinations within the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS). The website has many leading-edge technical features which enhance the way destination information can be accessed by the reader.  I especially liked the introduction of the ‘Discovery Map’. The website enables user co-creation of new information by allowing travelers to contribute exact coordinates of an activity they feel would interest other visitors. I have been involved with GMS related sustainable tourism projects for some five years now, and it’s encouraging to see this new level of website destination marketing sophistication which is so vital to achieving the overall GMS objectives.”

Steve Noakes
Director, Pacific Asia Tourism Pty Ltd

Reid Ridgway

“I am excited to see this website come into being, especially because it represents a shift in the mainstream travel industry—where travelers are encouraged to explore their own ideas of responsible travel with hand-picked experiences promoted to them. I found the site to be a very well-designed instrument to illustrate the concept, providing a resource for people to support these young but rapidly maturing travel experiences. As a social entrepreneur, and humanitarian, I believe I am finally witnessing the long awaited revolution that will turn the travel industry into a much needed positive force in the world.”

Reid Ridgway
Managing Director, Ecotourism Training Center, Thailand