I Love Asia Enter Final Round of Mekong Initiative for Startup Tourism

I Love Asia is proud to be one of five Vietnamese startups, together with seven counterparts from Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar, have made their way to the final round of the Mekong Initiative for Startup Tourism.

The five Vietnamese startups are I Love Asia – an I Love Hue Tour long term project, Bayo, Dichung, Chameleon City, and Morning Rooms. They have qualified to introduce their business plans to the judging panel and potential investors at the Mekong Tourism Forum in Laos next month.

The outright winner will receive a prize worth US$10,000 while three runner-ups will get a cash prize of US$7,000 each.

How I Love Asia can make it to the final round

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Miss Nguyen Thi Huong Lien (Middle) – CEO of I Love Hue Tour company and I Love Asia Project

One of the criteria for selecting winners is that their plans are intended to create jobs for local residents, especially women, as well as promote the inclusive growth of their national tourism industry, according to Jens Threanhart, executive director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. I Love Asia Tour meets all of the major criteria. The contest, sponsored by the Mekong Tourism Initiative, is aimed at boosting local tourism in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, thereby narrowing the economic gap with the rest of the Southeast Asian region.

The Mekong Tourism Forum is an annual platform for public and private sector stakeholders to discuss the development, marketing and promotion of travel to, from and within the Greater Mekong Subregion. It will take place in Luang Prabang, Laos from June 6 to 9. And we are going to be on board now.

Vietnam’s startups qualifying for the final round are:

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All participants of the Mekong Initiative for Startup Tourism

I Love Asia, a long-term project of I Love Hue Tour and I Love Hoi An Tour , which offers women-led motorbike tours in Hoi An and Hue while supporting projects for disabled people in the localities where they operate.

Bayo’s mission is to help Vietnamese people make the best tourism decisions by helping them find the right travel information, right suppliers, products with reasonable prices, and transact with local suppliers easily.

Dichung uses technology to encourage ride-sharing options, giving drivers a chance to trade their vacant seats in their vehicles, and working with taxi companies to develop vanpools.

Chameleon City is an on-demand chat-based service offering travel and lifestyle information from local experts 24/7.

Morning Rooms is Vietnam’s largest budget hotel network, helping budget-minded tourists find the best quality rooms for the price they can afford.

To conclude, there will be more challenging awaiting for us in the future, but we believe with our passion and enthusiasm, nothing can stop us to make our dream come true. The final round will be more competitive and more demanding, but it is also an amazing opportunity for all of us to learn and grow up. No matter the result is, what we will get from this competition is priceless. With our youth energy and woman power, I Love Hue Team will go further together!

Check out the Vietnamese version here.


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