Laos exceeds tourism targets for 2013

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laos photoLaos welcomed a record 3.77 million tourists in 2013, exceeding its own tourism target for the year of 3.4 million, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism announced on February 7. That figure has also broken the 2015 forecast of 3.7 million visitors.

Visitors from ASEAN numbered over 3 million in 2013 or 340,000 more arrivals than in 2012. Figures from the ministry also show an increase of 28,000 arrivals from Europe and 10,000 arrivals each from the Americas and the Middle East.

The country saw 3.1 million arrivals in 2012, which was a 14 per cent increase over 2011 and the first time the country broke the three million mark. China was Laos’ top source market in 2012 with 190,000 tourists, but Thailand surpassed it in 2013 with 1.9 million visitors.

Tourism is an important sector to Laos and its contribution to the economy has increased significantly in the past decade, creating new opportunities for economic growth and poverty reduction.

However, unmanaged and rapid tourism growth has also resulted in a pattern of tourism that concentrates on a few destinations such as Vientiane, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang, threatens natural, cultural, and urban heritage and contributes to undesirable social impacts, critics say.

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Laos welcomed a record 3.77 million tourists in 2013, exceeding its own tourism target for the year of 3.4 million, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism announced on February 7. That figure has also broken the 2015 forecast of 3.7 million visitors.

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laos photoLaos welcomed a record 3.77 million tourists in 2013, exceeding its own tourism target for the year of 3.4 million, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism announced on February 7. That figure has also broken the 2015 forecast of 3.7 million visitors.

Visitors from ASEAN numbered over 3 million in 2013 or 340,000 more arrivals than in 2012. Figures from the ministry also show an increase of 28,000 arrivals from Europe and 10,000 arrivals each from the Americas and the Middle East.

The country saw 3.1 million arrivals in 2012, which was a 14 per cent increase over 2011 and the first time the country broke the three million mark. China was Laos’ top source market in 2012 with 190,000 tourists, but Thailand surpassed it in 2013 with 1.9 million visitors.

Tourism is an important sector to Laos and its contribution to the economy has increased significantly in the past decade, creating new opportunities for economic growth and poverty reduction.

However, unmanaged and rapid tourism growth has also resulted in a pattern of tourism that concentrates on a few destinations such as Vientiane, Savannakhet and Luang Prabang, threatens natural, cultural, and urban heritage and contributes to undesirable social impacts, critics say.

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