More efforts needed from Lao tourist authorities to promote tourism

Published on : Friday, March 17, 2017

promote tourismThe Lao tourist authorities need to do more to better promote tourism, such as by
creating an official comprehensive website where all tourism-related information is available, Bernama News reported.

 

This should include tourist attractions, transportation, accommodation and related costs, the official said, adding that the absence of such a website makes things difficult for visitors.

 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Laos dropped for the first time in 2016 after several successive years of visitor growth, according to the Tourism Development Department of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

 

The number of foreign tourists visiting Laos dropped for the first time in 2016 after several successive years of visitor growth, according to the Tourism Development Department of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

 

Tour operators have occasionally commented that a lack of variety in tourist activities, underdeveloped facilities at tourist sites, and the absence of direct flights to many countries appear to discourage some people and are factors that should be addressed.

 

In a related move, the Lao government is accelerating its preparation of key documents necessary to secure World Heritage Status for the Plain of Jars in nothern Xieng Khuang Province and the Hin Nam No Protected Area in southern Khammuane Province.

 

The Plain of Jars, mostly known in Lao as Thong Hai Hin, are the prehistoric stone megaliths which attract thousands of tourists to Xieng Khuang each year. Hin Nam No is a national protected area comprising scenic landscapes, rugged karst mountains, and highly bio-diverse flora and fauna.

 

Currently there are two World Heritage sites in Laos including the town of Luang Prabang listed by UNESCO in 1995 and Vat Phou and associated ancient settlements within the Champassak cultural landscape, which was nominated by UNESCO in 2001.

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