Infrastructure for Asian Connectivity

This book addresses the prospects and challenges concerning both soft and hard infrastructure development in Asia and provides a framework for achieving Asian connectivity through regional infrastructure cooperation towards a seamless Asia.
Key topics include:

1. Demand estimates of national and regional infrastructure in transport, electricity, information and communication technology, and water and sanitation;
2. Empirical results on the costs and benefits of regional infrastructure for economies and households;
3. The impact of infrastructure development on the environment and climate;
4. Sources and instruments of infrastructure financing;
5. Best practices and lessons learned from the experiences of the Asian region and other regions; and
6. Experience of public-private partnership projects.

This insightful book will serve as a definitive knowledge product for policymakers, academics, private sector experts and infrastructure practitioners interested in the regional and national infrastructure demand, investment and benefits in the region. Concerned officials from private and public sectors, and other experts involved in environmental and natural resources studies will also find this compendium invaluable.

Adaptation to climate change in the countries of the Lower Mekong Basin: regional synthesis report

The Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) covers an area of approximately 606,000 km2 within the countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Based on the outcomes of recent national and regional studies, there is growing concern about the potential effects of climate change on the socio-economic characteristics and natural resources of the LMB region. There is an identified need for a more informed understanding of the potential impacts from climate change. In response, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) has launched the regional Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative (CCAI). The CCAI is a collaborative regional initiative designed to address the shared climate change adaptation challenges of LMB countries. The Regional Synthesis Report (RSR) has been prepared as part of the initial phase of the CCAI to provide a snapshot of current knowledge and activities related to climate change in the LMB countries. The speci c objectives of the RSR are:
• To inform a wide audience of the current state of knowledge of climate change issues in LMB countries and across the region;
• To provide up to date information on regional and national adaptation activities and policy and institutional responses in relation to climate change;
• To present the results of a climate change ‘gap analysis’ identifying information de ciencies and shortcomings in planned activities and policy and institutional responses;
• To present a series of recommendations for future climate change related actions in the LMB.

The Development and Service Quality Management of Hotel Business in Lao PDR

Lao PDR is selected as the World Best Tourism Destination for 2013 by European
Council on Tourism and Trade. Enriched with natural and cultural spots under the
slogan of “Simple Beautiful”, Lao PDR attracted more than 3.2 million visitors in 2012
or a half of its population, which has increased by over 3-folds as compared to 2005.
This achievement suggests that the boom in hotel industry will be continuing in the
following years. This paper aims to review the historical development and to examine
the service quality management in hotel business in Lao PDR. The study finds that
the recent development of hotel business in Lao PDR can be devided into three phases
as of Prior to 1986, 1987 to 1999, and from 2000 until the present. About 40% of hotels
in the country concentrates in the Vientiane Capital. The birth rate is especially high
in recent years. Domestic private firms still dominate the majority of the total,
whereas foreign investment and joint venture show a fast growing