2016 Mekong Tourism Alliance Award Winners

2016 Mekong Tourism Alliance Award Winners

The eighth annual Mekong Tourism Alliance Awards (MTAA) were held on September 7 at the Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s Gem Center as part of the 12th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC 2016).

Supported by the tourism ministry’s of the five CMLVT (Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Thailand) countries, the awards are aimed at instilling a greater sense of pride in the regions tourism professionals and organisations as well as to highlight their excellence in delivering quality tourism and hospitality services.

In addition to the five historic categories of Best Airline, Best Outbound Travel Operator, Best Inbound Travel Operator, Best Five-star Hotel, and Best Resort, three new categories – Best Tourism Website, Best Festival and the Broadcast Excellence Award for Destination Promotion – were added to this year’s awards to acknowledge increasing specialisation in the Mekong Tourism industry.

One of the most notable categories was Best Airline, in which the flag carriers of the regional countries cleaned up. Cambodia Angkor Air, Lao Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Thai Airways PLC and Vietnam Airlines all won in their respective home countries.

mekongtourism-2The Best Five-star Hotel and Best Resort categories only featured three winners each, with the five-star Naga World in Cambodia, Sule Shangri-La Hotel Yangon in Myanmar and JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi in Vietnam taking home prizes.

Meanwhile, for resorts, Cambodia’s Sokha Hotels & Resorts, Myanmar’s Ngwe Saung Yacht Club & Marina Development Limited and Vietnam’s The Nam Hai Resort Hoi An claimed the titles of The Best Resorts in the CMLV.

The new Best Festival category also saw three winners, the Thatluang Festival, Songkran and the Southern Fruit Festival in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, respectively.

Oxalis Adventure Tours won the Broadcast Excellence Award for Destination Promotion category for Vietnam thanks to their pioneering work in bringing adventurous visitors into the massive caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Other winners in the 2016 Mekong Tourism Alliance Awards are:

  • Best Outbound Travel Operator:
    Cambodia: Mekong Discovery Co., Ltd
    Laos: Wonderland Tour
    Myanmar: Shan Yoma Travel & Tour Co., Ltd
    Vietnam: Vietravel
  • Best Tourism Website:
    Laos: MICT Laos
    Myanmar: MT&K Tourism Co., Ltd
    Thailand: Phuket E-Magazine
    Vietnam: REX Hotel Saigon
  • Best Inbound Travel Operator:
    Cambodia: Charming Cambodia Tours Co., Ltd.
    Laos: Asia Reveal Tours
    Myanmar: One Stop Travels & Tours
    Thailand: Phuket Jet Tour Co., Ltd
    Vietnam: Saigontourist
  • Broadcast Excellence Award for Destination
    Laos: LaosStar
    Thailand: The Nation
    Vietnam: Oxalis Adventure Tours



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Michael Tatarski

Michael Tatarski

Vietnam Contributor at AEC News Today

Michael Tatarski is a writer and editor who has lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for over four years. He has covered a wide range of topics, including the environment, social issues, infrastructure, culture, and travel, for a range of publications.

He is a former contributing editor for AsiaLIFE Magazine and a former English-language editor for Tuoi Tre News Online

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