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Same, Same But Different? – Joint Solutions For Sustainable Tourism Development In South-East Asia


March 7, 2019

17:00 - 17:45

CityCube Berlin, Auditorium A3

Bangkok is a significant city trip destination, the beaches of Bali are stunning, the temples of Angkor Wat are unique and the jewel Luang Prabang is the insider tip par excellence. Some destinations are world famous and receive millions of tourists every year; smaller towns are just about to find their role as “global tourist destinations”. What they all have in common is that they are part of a diverse region full of cultural and natural treasures. It is therefore no wonder that tourism plays an important role for the economic development and integration of large and small countries in the ASEAN region (Association of South-East Asian Nations). Tourism contributes to growth and the creation of jobs, but it also generates piles of waste and social conflicts, which need to be tackled. 

In cooperation with global and regional stakeholders, such as UNESCO and the Mekong Tourism Coordination, German development cooperation supports tourism destinations in preserving cultural assets, conserving natural resources, dealing with climate change as well as the social challenges of tourism. It is of utmost importance to exploit the positive effects by using the right instruments and to counter the negative effects proactively. 

Moderated by:

Monika Jones, International Conference Moderator, DW Business Anchor

Panel guests:

Dr. Soudaphone Khamthavong, Deputy Director, Department for Information, Culture and Tourism, Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR

Jens Thraenhart, CEO, Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)

Peter DeBrine, Senior Project Officer, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, UNESCO Paris

Dr. Andreas Hofmann, Programme component Manager, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Laos PDR