Hanuman recently attended the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) in Pakse on 27-28th May 2011. Following on from the success of last year’s event in Siem Reap, Hanuman was one of the official sponsors for the MTF 2011, supplying support and logistics for a pre-conference motorcycle trip from Phnom Penh to Pakse via the riverside town of Kratie. Spending a night in Champasak to attend a New Media Boot Camp at La Folie Laos lodge on Don Daeng Island, the team overnighted at the Inthira Champasak Hotel before continuing on to Pakse for the main event at the Champasak Grand Hotel. Hanuman had a stand at the travel exhibition and was involved in presentations and lively debate during the conference.
Hanuman Product Manager Andy Brouwer teamed up with Elephant Valley Project founder Jack Highwood to promote Responsible Tourism in Mondulkiri Province. Jack Highwood introduced the Elephant Valley Project via a series of videos and impressed the audience with his commitment to elephant conservation and his original ‘Walking with the Herd’ experience. He also promoted the mutually beneficial relationship between Hanuman and the Elephant Valley Project to demonstrate that the NGO community and private sector can team up to offer visitors a good cause experience. Andy Brouwer described Hanuman’s active commitment to Responsible Tourism in Cambodia and the Mekong region through an introduction to a variety of products and experiences, including Cambodian birding safaris with the Sam Veasna Centre, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang and KOTO Restaurant in Vietnam. Hanuman advisor Nick Ray was involved in a panel discussion on the various routes into southern Laos and gave a presentation on his motorbike trip along the Mekong River, interspersed with photographs taken by his travelling companion Dejan Patic.
Hanuman looks forward to attending next year’s Mekong Tourism Forum in Chiang Rai.