A French national, Luc Citrinot has been busy as a freelance journalist and consultant in tourism and air transport for over 20 years in Paris. He works for various travel and air transport trade publications based in both Europe and Asia and has been writing tourism and air transport reports and studies for MINTEL, which acquired Travel and Tourism Intelligence from the Economist Group in 2000. He has regularly worked with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) to produce reports and studies on air transport issues linked to tourism development. He also helped editing press kits and newsletter for Indonesia Ministry of Culture and Tourism from 2005 to 2011and worked on a regular basis with the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office to produce stories and releases. He is since 1989 aviation editor for France’s leading business travel publication Voyages d’Affaires and is now Chief Editor for the online web magazine ASEAN.travel. He also reports regularly on Asian destinations for other publications such as Bangkok 101 or PATA publications. He is increasingly involved into culture, heritage and architecture. In 2013 and 2014, he worked with the European Union in Thailand and the Association of European Cultural Institutions to the release of a map and mobile application over European Heritage in Thailand. Over the last two decades, he has been editing an official daily newsletter for foreign media at the ITB Berlin the world’s largest trade show on tourism. From 2005 to 2008, he also worked with the editing team of Travel Business Analyst for a daily newsletter at World Travel Market in London, another leading travel show in Europe. His interest for Asia dates back from the early nineties and he has already visited most of the countries located in Northeast and Southeast Asia. He moved to Asia in 2003, working during two years (2003–2005) as a Business Development Consultant with the low fare airline AirAsia and its Thailand’s subsidiary, Thai AirAsia. Following its airline experience, he reversed back to his previous position as a travel writer and journalist in tourism, air transport and increasingly in culture/architecture and heritage, commuting between Europe and Asia reporting extensively on Asian development in both French and English around the world from his Asian base in Bangkok.


28 June 2018 | 12:00 - 17:00 | ETHIC VILLAGES IN NAKHON PHANOM

The Mekong Tourism Village Experience is living the theme of “Transforming Travel – Transforming Lives” by being the first conference to stage actual conference session in ethnic community-based villages, and engaging both delegates and villagers together for a uniquely immersive and transformative experience. The pioneering concept allows for people from different walks of life to connect and learn from each other. Eight thematic sessions in eight ethnic villages, including a warm village welcome, a traditional lunch, engaging sessions, and interactive village activities from weaving to farming, will make this a true highlight of MTF 2018. The thematic sessions and the respective facilitators include: 1. Organic Tourism (Mr. Arrut Navaraj – CEO, Sampran Riverside Resort) 2. Adventure Tourism (Mr. Matt Gibson – CEO, UpThink) 3. Festivals Tourism (Dr. Jutamas Wisansing – CEO, Perfect Link) 4. Heritage Tourism (Mr. Luc Citrinot – Editor, ASEAN.travel) 5. Religious Tourism (Ms. Siew Meng Erina Loo – SG, SEA Tour Guide Association) 6. Wellness Tourism (Mr. Nick Day – Marketing Manager, GoCo Hospitality) 7. Food Tourism (Mr. Vincent Vichit-Vadakan – Journalist, Le Flux Asia) 8. Eco Tourism (Mr. Peter Richards – Consultant, UN ITC) Interested delegates will require to register for the session, which includes a limited edition traditional village shirt from the respective village, that is required to be worn for the sessions. Each village is unique, and no experience will be the same. For more information about the MTF 2018 Village Experience sessions, please visit: http://mekongtourismforum.org/index.php/sessions/