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MTF Insights: Derek Smith @ Saffron Coffee Derek operates Saffron, a sustainable coffee producer and local café. He has never attended an MTF, and first heard of about the Luang Prabang event at the Lanith Hospitality Managers' Rendezvous, which is where he first learned about the MTCO. What challenges does Luang Prabang face in hosting a multi-venue event? I really don't know much about the MTF. If it's a big event, perhaps Luang Prabang’s roads might not cope with extra traffic?

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15 March 2016 Lord Puttnam Tackles Lao Tourism Challenges By Bernie Rosenbloom Oscar-winning producer Lord Puttnam was recently walking along Luang Prabang’s streets. He notices a fine-looking four-storey hotel topped with a terrace. He hikes up the stairs and takes in the view. He then asks the staff if he can order a drink. The smiling worker replies, “Yes sir, on the first floor.” Lord Puttnam’s anecdote kicked off his keynote address at the 18th Lanith Symposium on the challenges and barriers in growing Lao tourism.

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MTF Insights: Phonexay (Sai) Keuthbounmay @ Belmond La Residence Phou Vao Sai is the operations manager at the Belmond La Residence Phou Vao hotel in Luang Prabang. He has never attended an MTF, but has followed the forum in the news. He learned of the Luang Prabang MTF from the local hospitality network. What challenges does Luang Prabang face in hosting a multi-venue event? There is not enough capacity and facilities to handle a large event yet…The other challenge is that Luang Prabang is not connected enough to big cities apart from Bangkok, Singapore, and Hanoi.

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28 April 2017 Luang Prabang Cleans Up Its Act By Bernie Rosenbloom Tourists expect to walk into a sepia-toned 19th-century postcard when visiting Luang Prabang. Sitting on the Mekong banks and sipping cocktails as a breeze flutters tree leaves. Ancient golden-topped temples peeking above French colonial buildings. Empty plastic bottles, discarded cardboard boxes, chunks of Styrofoam and plastic bags scattered along the rivers and roads.  Luang Prabang must keep a constant vigil over trash.

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MTF Insights: Alexander Robb-Millar @ White Elephant Adventures Alex is the owner of White Elephant Adventures (WEA), a local responsible tourism operator. He has never attended an MTF, and first heard of about the Luang Prabang event at the Lanith Hospitality Managers' Rendezvous.

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MTF Insights: Georgie Walsh @ Laos Hospitality Consulting & Manda de Laos Georgie is the director of sales and marketing of Laos Hospitality Consulting and Manda de Laos, which is hosting the Marketing and Sales session. This is Georgie’s second MTF, having attended the 2010 event in Pakse. She first heard about the event from Rik Gadella, with who she works with at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens. What challenges is your business facing in being one part of a multi-venue event? Manda de Laos is not a traditional meeting space.

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MTF Insights: Gary Tyson @ Azerai Hotel Luang Prabang Gary is the general manager of the new Azerai Hotel Luang Prabang, which is an Official MTF Hotel. This will be Gary’s first MTF, having heard about event from colleagues shortly before its public announcement.

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MTF Insights: Tara Gujadhur @ TAEC Tara is the co-director of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), which is hosting the MTF’s “Intangible Tourism” session. She attended the 2012 MTF in Pakse, Laos, and heard about the Luang Prabang event from the ADB’s Steven Schipani. Having worked in tourism with development agencies for several years, she has known about the organiser, Mekong Tourism Co-ordinating (MTCO), since its 2006 launch.

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MTF Insights: Paul Burnett @ Sanakeo Boutique Hotel Paul is the general manager of the new Sanakeo Boutique Hotel, which is hosting the Mekong Tourism Sector Strategy Open Forum and the Blogger Match-Up. This will be Paul’s first MTF, having heard about event from Sanakeo’s owners. He first learned of the MTCO from local officials followed by a visit from MTCO Executive Director Jens Thraenhart and his team. What opportunities do you see for your business, and Luang Prabang, in hosting the multi-venue MTF? Hosting part of the MTF is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our hotel.

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MTF Insights: Dr Andreas Hofmann @ GIZ Andreas had a long history in private sector travel before taking the position of Team Leader, Luang Prabang Handle with Care Project for German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). He has never attended an MTF, and first heard about the Luang Prabang event from the organisers and Lao government, though he is familiar with the MTCO website. What challenges does Luang Prabang face in hosting a multi-venue event? Luang Prabang is not known for having the infrastructure to host large regional events.

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