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Community values make heritage town best tourist destination

Food, religion, lifestyle, architecture, festivals and temples; these have all helped make World Heritage listed Luang Prabang special in the region. One of its unique assets that some tourists may not be aware of is its traditional community values. Walking through small streets around the town, if tourists pay close attention, they will probably notice

Amended tourism law aims to attract more tourists

(KPL) National Assembly members considered an amended draft of the law on tourism yesterday with the aim of attracting more tourists and assigning responsibility to local authorities for the safety of tourists. The amended draft was introduced by Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Bosengkham Vongdara at the 5th Ordinary Session of the National

Luang Prabang to implement new label for safe and green tourism

(KPL) Major tourist destination, Luang Prabang, is soon to launch a campaign certifying the safety and “greenness” of tourism businesses. The campaign will see the creation of a new label to be displayed at hotels and restaurants around the world heritage city, setting a recognizable standard for the benefit of tourists.

Laos needs to develop more tour guides to attract Korean tourists

Laos lacks professional tour guides to attract Korean tourists to popular destinations across the country while Korea was ready to supply more visitors to the country. According to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Laos needed to develop more tour guides to meet the demand.

Senior tourism official has urged all Lao to preserve their culture and nature

A senior tourism official has urged all Lao people to preserve their culture and natural resources and maintain national pride after Laos was named the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2013 on Thursday the 9th of May. Director General Tourism Development Department Sounh Manivong said, it would be a challenge for Laos to maintain the

Laos is targeting the EU countries as the top priority for tourists

Laos is targeting the three European countries of France, England and Germany as the top priority markets for tourists. Laos is targeting the three European countries of France, England and Germany as the top priority markets for tourists as their economies remain relatively strong and they are easy to cater to. According to The Director

Survey: Nature tourism is top priority for visitors

Visiting places of natural beauty is the main interest of tourists coming to Laos, according to a survey of over 3,100 international visitors that featured in the 2012 Statistics Report on Tourism in Laos. The World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and the greater province was the main place that tourists wanted to see, with

Tourism is Laos’ second highest income earner

The tourism sector is now the second largest income earner in Laos after the mining sector, according to a recent tourism statistics report. Given the significance of the tourism sector, which generated about US$514 million in 2012, the government is committed to further developing facilities and service sector staff to attract more overseas visitors to

No revenue lost from ‘single visa’ scheme: official

Laos will not lose any visa fees to the single-visa scheme the country is considering joining in partnership with Thailand and Cambodia, which launched late last year. An official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who asked not to be named, said that rather than diminishing the country’s revenue it would boost visitor arrivals. He

Govt urges public to ensure Laos keeps top tourism ranking

A senior tourism official has urged all Lao people to preserve their culture and natural resources and maintain national pride after Laos was named the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2013 this week. The award was presented by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) in Vientiane on Thursday.