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Movie Throws Down Challenge to Tourism at Mekong Forum

June 15, 2015 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

On June 17 at the Mekong Tourism Forum in Da Nang, Viet Nam, a feature length documentary, Gringo Trails, will raise important questions about tourism, one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time.

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The director of the film, anthropologist Pegi Vail, will facilitate a post-screening discussion on how government and travel companies need to collaborate in order to protect and preserve cultural tourism assets for generations to come in order to profit from tourism in a responsible and sustainable way in the long-term.

As further part of the MTF commitment to responsible tourism, KOTO, an NGO helping underprivileged children in Viet Nam, will show how it trains its youths for a meaningful career in hospitality.

As a charity partner of the forum, KOTO will showcase hospitality students currently working in the Da Nang area. They will perform cooking demos during networking coffee breaks of the Mekong Tourism Symposium on June 18.

“The foundation of a memorable travel experience is often based on the service excellence and smiles of the restaurant staff,” says Jimmy Pham, Founder & Executive Chairman of KOTO.

KOTO CEO Dana McNairn will tell the KOTO story at the Mekong Tourism Symposium. She will show how innovative partnerships boost life prospects for disadvantaged children.

The Mekong Tourism Symposium is one of four events as part of the Mekong Tourism Forum 2015, hosted by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

Registration for all Mekong Tourism Forum events is free at It starts on Monday.

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