Tourist arrivals in Laos rose 9%, helped by Chinese

Colonial heritage in Luang Prabang. one of the most popular tourism destinations in Laos © Arno Maierbrugger

Laos welcomed 4.58 million international visitors in 2019, representing growth of nine per cent over 2018 when tourist numbers failed to reach the target.

Vientiane Times on January 8 quoted Sounh Manivong , director-general of the tourism marketing department under Laos’ ministry of information, culture and tourism, as saying that much of the success was due to the Visit Laos-China Year 2019 campaign.

Chinese tourist arrivals alone increased by a whopping 27 per cent, or 1.02 million people.

Visitors from Thailand – the main source of Laos’’ tourism market –rose by six per cent, while Vietnamese visitors increased by 11 per cent. Tourist arrivals from many high-end countries also increased, with the number coming from the US and the UK growing both by 22 per cent.

The number of French visitors rose by 11 per cent, while German tourist arrivals grew by 13 per cent, the department said.

Fewer visitors from European countries

In comparison, visitor numbers from South Korea dropped by one per cent, while the number from Denmark fell by 27 per cent. Swiss visitor arrivals declined by 18 per cent, and the number from Finland plummeted by 28 per cent.

Northern Laos’ Luang Prabang province, some 220 kilometers north of the capital Vientiane, ranks 11th in the Architectural Digest’s annual list of the top 20 places to travel in 2020, which is expected to help push the department’s target of 4.9 million visitors for this year.

The tourism marketing department said it will continue promoting Laos at major international tourism exhibitions in China and Europe.

According to the department, Laos has 670 hotels, 2,432 guesthouses and resorts, 2,646 restaurants and 305 entertainment venues. There are numerous officially designated tourist attractions including 1,318 nature-based sites, 596 places of cultural interest and 294 places of historical significance.



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Colonial heritage in Luang Prabang. one of the most popular tourism destinations in Laos © Arno Maierbrugger Laos welcomed 4.58 million international visitors in 2019, representing growth of nine per cent over 2018 when tourist numbers failed to reach the target. Vientiane Times on January 8 quoted Sounh Manivong , director-general of the tourism marketing department under Laos’ ministry of information, culture and tourism, as saying that much of the success was due to the Visit Laos-China Year 2019 campaign. Chinese tourist arrivals alone increased by a whopping 27 per cent, or 1.02 million people. Visitors from Thailand – the...

Colonial heritage in Luang Prabang. one of the most popular tourism destinations in Laos © Arno Maierbrugger

Laos welcomed 4.58 million international visitors in 2019, representing growth of nine per cent over 2018 when tourist numbers failed to reach the target.

Vientiane Times on January 8 quoted Sounh Manivong , director-general of the tourism marketing department under Laos’ ministry of information, culture and tourism, as saying that much of the success was due to the Visit Laos-China Year 2019 campaign.

Chinese tourist arrivals alone increased by a whopping 27 per cent, or 1.02 million people.

Visitors from Thailand – the main source of Laos’’ tourism market –rose by six per cent, while Vietnamese visitors increased by 11 per cent. Tourist arrivals from many high-end countries also increased, with the number coming from the US and the UK growing both by 22 per cent.

The number of French visitors rose by 11 per cent, while German tourist arrivals grew by 13 per cent, the department said.

Fewer visitors from European countries

In comparison, visitor numbers from South Korea dropped by one per cent, while the number from Denmark fell by 27 per cent. Swiss visitor arrivals declined by 18 per cent, and the number from Finland plummeted by 28 per cent.

Northern Laos’ Luang Prabang province, some 220 kilometers north of the capital Vientiane, ranks 11th in the Architectural Digest’s annual list of the top 20 places to travel in 2020, which is expected to help push the department’s target of 4.9 million visitors for this year.

The tourism marketing department said it will continue promoting Laos at major international tourism exhibitions in China and Europe.

According to the department, Laos has 670 hotels, 2,432 guesthouses and resorts, 2,646 restaurants and 305 entertainment venues. There are numerous officially designated tourist attractions including 1,318 nature-based sites, 596 places of cultural interest and 294 places of historical significance.



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