Lao Call to Develop Tourism Products, Improve Safety

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Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism says the country should develop tourism products and improve safety measures to attract more visitors and build tourist confidence.

Lao News Agency quoted the ministry’s deputy minister, Bouangeun Saphouvong, as saying the tourism sector in Laos should develop integrated tourism products to attract more visitors to the country.

“We also have to ensure visitors that they can enjoy themselves, get a broad knowledge of Laos and its culture, see beautiful places, taste delicious food, as well as travel safely on good transport.”

There are numerous travel advisories on Laos warning travellers of the dangers of travelling overland between the popular tourist destinations of Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang.

The number of international tourists visiting Laos decreased by 10% last year from over 4.68 million in 2015 to 4.2 million in 2016.

The reduction has been attributed to the decline in Thai and Vietnamese visits, two markets that contribute 50% of all foreign visitors to Laos.

Full story at TTR Weekly.

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