The number of hotels, guesthouses, resorts, restaurants and entertainment locations in Laos has almost doubled from 2011 to 2012.

According to statistics from the Tourism Development Department of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the number of accommodation, restaurant and leisure venues rose from 1,774 in 2011 to 3,526 in 2012.

Patuxai in Vientiane, Laos Vientiane recorded the highest number of these with 539, while Vientiane province came in second with 435 in 2012. The World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang province was ranked third.

The report also highlighted that Vientiane witnessed the biggest growth in the number of hotels, rising from 195 in 2011 to 203 hotels last year.

Vientiane province was first when guesthouses and resorts were considered with Luang Prabang occupying second place.

The mountainous Oudomxay province topped the list in terms of restaurants with 158 establishments and was followed by Savannakhet province with 139. For entertainment, Vientiane unsurprisingly included the most, with Savannakhet province having the next highest number of venues.

“The increase in accommodation, resorts, restaurants and entertainment venues is due to the rising numbers of tourists who need these services,” said Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Chaleune Warinthrasak.

Mr Chaleune told Vientiane Times yesterday that to meet the needs of the increasing number of international visitors, more businesses and services have been created but they are still not enough to meet requirements.

“However, with more hotels, resorts and restaurants, business operators should improve their quality and standard of service to better please tourists,” he commented.

Mr Chaleune also said “Operators should be prepared to develop more of these places in the future because the trends indicate that visitor numbers will be even higher.”

After recently visiting Oudomxay, he remarked that the province should aim to build more hotels and restaurants to serve the growing number of Chinese tourists who visit the region.

Laos recently won the World’s Best Tourist Destination Award for 2013, which will be presented by the European Council on Tourism and Trade to Lao officials in a ceremony in Vientiane today.

Mr Chaleune said “Next year, and because of recognition such as this, I am quite sure that we will see tourist figures from European countries increase. Laos is finally becoming advertised to the world.”

Source: Vientiane Times
May 09, 2013