The European Council on Tourism and Trade to present Laos with the award for ‘World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2013

A delegation from the European Council on Tourism and Trade, led by the Council Chairman Prof Dr Anton Caragea, called on Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof Dr Bosengkham Vongdara in Vientiane on Monday where they were warmly welcomed following their arrival.

A delegation from the European Council on Tourism and Trade has arrived in Vientiane, where they will present Laos with the council’s award for ‘World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2013. The European Union Council on Tourism and Trade recently presented a report titled ‘Laos: a Touristic and Cultural Paradise’ proposing Laos as the winner of the council’s world best tourist destination for 2013.

The aim of the recognition is to continue promoting a new concept of community based tourism in Laos, which is friendly to nature, has low ecological impacts and helps protect and preserve endangered species and natural biodiversity, especially rainforest eco-climates.

According to senior official from MICT, Laos offers tourists not only an outstanding historical and cultural experience but also the possibility to explore nature, to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary places such as the Nam Ngum reservoir, Bolaven plateau, Four Thousand Islands, Khuang Xi waterfall and other attractions.

Tourism is among the main income earners for Laos. Not only does it stimulate economic growth, but also generates income for the poor. In 2012, the number of tourist arrivals climbed to 3.3 million, an increase of 22 percent compared to the previous year.

The handover ceremony of the award will take place at Don Chan Palace hotel in Vientiane on May 9 which will be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly and other high-ranking officials.

Source: LNTV Lao News