Speaker


JEREMY SMITH Zipevent

JEREMY SMITH

CO-FOUNDER & EDITOR

Jeremy Smith is co-founder and editor of the sustainable tourism news site Travindy.com. His new book –Transforming Travel – realizing the potential of sustainable tourism (CABI, December 2017) – explores how and why should tourism adopt the principles of the circular economy. He is co-author of the award-winning guide to the best in sustainable tourism – Clean Breaks – 500 New Ways to See the World, writes a fortnightly blog for World Travel Market, and WTTC’s monthly Tourism for Tomorrow newsletter. He provides copywriting and other communications consultancy to a range of organisations – recent clients include Visit Finland, Tui, the Travel Foundation, South Downs National Park, PATA, and several several independent lodges and tour companies.

MEKONG TOURISM FORUM – TRANSFORMING TRAVEL


27 June 2018 | 16:00 - 18:30 | NAKHON PHANOM UNIVERSITY - SRIKOTRABOON CONFERENCE CENTER (3RD FLOOR)

On Wednesday afternoon, discussions ranging from Buddhist Tourism to Responsible Tourism focus on the potential of transforming travel and people’s lives. 16:00 16:10 Emcee – Opening Dr. Jutamas Wisansing – CEO, Perfect Link Consulting 16:10 16:30 Transforming Travel Keynote Mr. Jeremy Smith – Author, “Transforming Travel” 16:30 16:55 A Day in a Buddhist Temple Malao StudiosThe Buddhist Circuits of Southeast AsiaMr. Lim Kooi Fong – Founder, BuddhistTravel.com 16:55 17:30 Panel: Buddhist Tourism in the Mekong Region Moderator: Mr. Imtiaz Muqbil, Editor – Travel Impact Newswire Panelists: Mr. Lim Kooi Fong – Founder, BuddhistTravel.com Mr. Malraj Kiriella – Former CEO, Sri Lanka Tourism Dr. Kanokrot Phalakornkul – Editor, 5000s Magazine Mr. Somchai Vitdamrong – Governor, Nakhon Phanom Provincial Government 17:30 17:45 Child Welfare in Tourism Guide Mr. James Sutherland – Communications Manager, Friends International 17:45 18:00 Mekong Trends Report on Responsible Tourism Mr. Jens Thraenhart – Executive Director, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office 18:00 18:30 Panel: Experience Mekong Collection Showcases Moderator: Dr. Walanchalee Wattanacharoensil – Professor, Mahidol University International College Panelists: Ms. Momoko Ikeuchi – Sales Manager, Phare Circus (Cambodia) Mr. Somsak Boonkam – CEO & Founder, LocalAlike (Thailand) Ms. Phitsamai Sipaza – Assistant Manager, Ock Pop Tok Living Arts Center (Laos) Ms. Yin Myo Su – CEO & Founder, Inle Heritage (Myanmar) Mr. Zhu Jinsheng (Jason) – Deputy Party Secretary, Guilin Tourism University (Representing: Longji Rice Terraces, Guangxi, PR China) Closing Dr. Jutamas Wisansing – CEO, Perfect Link Consulting

MEKONG TOURISM FORUM – PLENARY KEYNOTE SESSIONS


28 June 2018 | 08:30 - 11:30 | NAKHON PHANOM UNIVERSITY - SRIKOTRABOON CONFERENCE CENTER (3RD FLOOR)

Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, focused on the theme “Transforming Travel – Mekong Tourism Forum 2018, focused on the theme “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” will bring together inspiring speakers from various sectors of the industry to tackle the topic from different sides. Open your eyes and minds how travel is being transformed in these very exciting times. For the second time, we have our “Mekong Opportunities & Threats” session, this year focused on the issue of Plastic Pollution in the Greater Mekong Subregion and Southeast Asia. START TIME END TIME TOPIC 08:30 08:45 PERFORMANCE 08:45 09:00 OPENING REMARKS Mr. Jens Thraenhart – Executive Director, MTCO 09:00 09:15 MTF 2018/2019 FLAG HANDOVER (FROM THAILAND TO P.R. CHINA / YUNNAN) Remarks from MTF 2019 Host 09:20 09:35 KEYNOTE 1 – SHARING ECONOMY Ms. Mich Goh – Head of Public Policy SEA, AirBnB 09:40 09:55 KEYNOTE 2 – HUMAN CAPITAL Ms. Yin Myo Su – CEO, Inle Heritage 09:55 10:15 BREAK 10:15 10:30 MEKONG OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS – PLASTIC POLLUTION KEYNOTE: Mr. Jeremy Smith – Author, Transforming Travel 10:30 11:00 MEKONG OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS – PLASTIC POLLUTION (INITIATIVES FROM THE REGION) Moderator: Ms. Gili Back – Sustainability Manager, Khiri Travel 11:00 11:30 MEKONG OPPORTUNITIES & THREATS – PLASTIC POLLUTION (OPEN FORUM & LAUNCH OF PLASTIC FREE PLEDGE)