(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 Assembly.

A bus load of tourists arrive in central Vientiane.
A bus load of tourists arrive in central Vientiane.

“This law has not been amended in nine years and may be out of date. It does not reflect the new policy of the Party and Government, and the conditions of this new era of regional and international integration, open policy in trade, investment and other services related to tourism and ongoing economic growth,” he said.

In the recent years, the old version of the law has caused confusion among law enforcement agencies, with many loopholes and unclear assignment of responsibilities among officials concerned, he added.

The new law is made in compliance with the resolution of the 9th Party Congress, as administration of tourism has been transferred from the National Tourism Authority of Laos to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The amended law seeks to regulate all tourism services and the planning of tourism development.

Source: KPL Lao News Agency
By Vinnaly
July 25, 2013