VIENTIANE, 26 OCTOBER 2020 — After two years of organising the Sustainable Tourism Solutions (STSE) on the ground in Laos, the event has expanded and made itself accessible worldwide by going online. The first ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Solution Expo (ASTSE) is the region’s leading specialised fair for the tourism industry to celebrate, explore, and exhibit the latest trends, insights, and technology in sustainable tourism and hospitality practices.

Twenty exhibitors from around Southeast Asia and abroad will showcase their products, services, and initiatives over the course of the event, which will take place on 5–6 November 2020. The virtual expo is open to all. The exhibitors will represent several categories relevant to the theme of the event: eco-friendly hotel supplies, plastic alternatives, water and energy conservation systems, as well as initiatives and projects.

One of the most enriching parts of the expo will be its symposia program that aims to bring together renowned thinkers to discuss topics that matter greatly to the regional tourism industry. At the Expo, there will be four live panel discussions, namely, “The Future of Tourism in ASEAN,” “Crisis Communications for Tourism Destinations,” “Using Technology to Improve Sustainability in Hospitality Businesses,” and “How Can We Come Together to Support Tourism-Dependent Communities?”.

There will also be a workshop entitled “Reducing Plastic Waste While Keeping Your Guests Safe.” On the second day of the expo, visitors can choose to attend the “What to Do Now to Build Back Stronger and Greener?” panel discussion or the “Cutting Operation Costs through Resource Efficiency” workshop. There will also be several on-demand webinars that visitors can access any time during the expo.

For tourism industry professionals based in Laos, an in-person expo will be held on 6–7 November at the Crowne Plaza Vientiane, and will feature an additional 35 exhibitors, panel discussions and networking event.

The ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Solutions Expo is organised by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, with support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ASEAN Secretariat and supported by the German Development Cooperation. The expo’s sponsors include USAID, the Lao/029 Skills for Tourism Project, TTG Asia, and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office.

For a complete list of exhibitors, a full schedule, or details about symposia and speakers, please visit the website of the virtual ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Solutions Expo: astse.vfairs.com or follow the expo’s Facebook page for regular updates: www.facebook.com/ASEAN.STSE.

Press Enquiries:

Nguyen Phuong Thuy // Event Organizer // thuy.phuongnguyen@giz.de