Laos presents tourism development plan

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Laos_tubingThe Laos government has announced 21 projects to develop the country’s tourism sector and tourism sites, following the government’s approval of a $10.3-million budget to finance the work. Under the plan, three new tourism sites will be surveyed in a move to develop them as new attractions, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department (TDD).

The move “will add fuel to the government’s effort to maximise the potential of the country’s tourism sector”, which is the country’s second-largest revenue generator, the Vientiane Times wrote.

Laos boasts diverse tourism attractions — cultural, historical and scenic — across the country. At present there are nearly 700 designated tourism sites up and running in provinces throughout the country. Another 800 potential tourist attractions have yet to be developed that represent considerable investment potential, TDD Director General Soun Manivong said.

Two of the 21 projects announced are jointly funded by the government and development partners, while another nine are ongoing projects carried over from 2012. The new projects include capacity-building for tourism officials, establishing community-based tour guides, developing facilities in tourism sites and organising a number of tourism-related activities.

The Lao government has also encouraged the private sector to invest in the developing tourism industry. Soun said there has been growing investment from both the state and private sectors to develop more tourist attractions in recent years.

Laos has registered robust growth in tourist arrivals in recent years. Statistics show that tourist arrivals jumped to 2,723,000 in 2011 and rose further to more than 3.3 million tourists last year, generating $513.5 million for the economy. Statistics show that hotel and guest-house rooms in the country’s five central provinces increased from 8,800 rooms in 2005 to more than 21,000 rooms in 2011.

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The Laos government has announced 21 projects to develop the country’s tourism sector and tourism sites, following the government’s approval of a $10.3-million budget to finance the work. Under the plan, three new tourism sites will be surveyed in a move to develop them as new attractions, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department (TDD).

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Laos_tubingThe Laos government has announced 21 projects to develop the country’s tourism sector and tourism sites, following the government’s approval of a $10.3-million budget to finance the work. Under the plan, three new tourism sites will be surveyed in a move to develop them as new attractions, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department (TDD).

The move “will add fuel to the government’s effort to maximise the potential of the country’s tourism sector”, which is the country’s second-largest revenue generator, the Vientiane Times wrote.

Laos boasts diverse tourism attractions — cultural, historical and scenic — across the country. At present there are nearly 700 designated tourism sites up and running in provinces throughout the country. Another 800 potential tourist attractions have yet to be developed that represent considerable investment potential, TDD Director General Soun Manivong said.

Two of the 21 projects announced are jointly funded by the government and development partners, while another nine are ongoing projects carried over from 2012. The new projects include capacity-building for tourism officials, establishing community-based tour guides, developing facilities in tourism sites and organising a number of tourism-related activities.

The Lao government has also encouraged the private sector to invest in the developing tourism industry. Soun said there has been growing investment from both the state and private sectors to develop more tourist attractions in recent years.

Laos has registered robust growth in tourist arrivals in recent years. Statistics show that tourist arrivals jumped to 2,723,000 in 2011 and rose further to more than 3.3 million tourists last year, generating $513.5 million for the economy. Statistics show that hotel and guest-house rooms in the country’s five central provinces increased from 8,800 rooms in 2005 to more than 21,000 rooms in 2011.

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