KOTO joined the 2015 Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) is set to be hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam in Da Nang City at the beautiful central coast on 16-19 June,2015. Under the theme, ‘Unlocking the Potential of the Mekong Region via Innovative Partnerships’, the tourism event for the Mekong region will showcase emerging tourist destinations and trends in the Greater Mekong Sub-regio
Mekong Tourism Forum 2015
Speaking at the event, CEO of KOTO Foundation and KOTO Enterprise, Ms Dana McNairn expressed KOTO is an example of an organization leveraging progressive partnerships to support its vision: positive permanent change for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through the transformative power of social enterprise. And one of the key factors in KOTO quest for leading human capital build-up in hospitality for tourism industry in Vietnam is a strong focus on better relationship management of all hospitality partners and establishments.
CEO of KOTO Foundation, Ms Dana McNairn, speaking at MTF 2015
KOTO Alumni at the MTF 2015
Fruit carving skills demonstrated by KOTO Alumni
Established in early 2006, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is a collaborative effort between the six countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS): Cambodia, The People’s Republic of China (PRC) (Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces),The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The mission of the MTCO is to help GMS National Tourism Organizations develop and promote the Mekong as a single travel destination, offering a diversity of good quality and high-yielding sub-regional products that help to distribute the benefits of tourism more widely; add to the tourism development efforts of each GMS destination; contribute to poverty reduction, gender equality and empowerment of women; and minimize any adverse impacts of tourism through the development of a sustainable industry.