Tourism Skills Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion


Project 32109-012
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Type TA
Sector Industry and Trade
Country Regional
Start 1998
End 1999
Status Closed
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 135

Project Description

The Asian Development Bank, in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and the World Tourism Organization, has been assisting the GMS Region in the development of its tourism potential. One such form of assistance is skills development through training of trainers in the basic skills of tourism. This was addressed by RETA 5647: Regional Program to Train Trainers in Tourism in the Greater Mekong Region, approved on 23 October 1995 for $130,000. The RETA was implemented in collaboration with the Government of Singapore under the Singapore-ADB Cooperation Programme (SACOP) and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and was successfully completed in 1996. In 1997, the Bank was again requested to prepare a second RETA to assist with both basic and advanced skills development of staff of the six national tourism organizations (NTOs). The RETA was prepared in response to this request. In order to develop sustainability, the RETA focused on strengthening training units within NTOs.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Project closed


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  • Provided basic skills training which covered areas such as training needs analysis, instructional methods, planning and preparation.
  • Provided advanced skills training program and included subjects such as tourism in a market economy, definition of the roles of the government and the private sector in tourism, developing tourism product and service standards, regulation and licensing, and tourism planning.