(KPL) President of the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea presented the world highest tourism prize”World Best Tourism Destination Award for 2013″ to Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara at an award representation ceremony in Vientiane Capital yesterday.
Present at the Don Chan Palace to celebrate and witness the presentation of the highest tourist prize to the Lao PDR included Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith, senior officials, foreign diplomats and representatives of provincial information, culture and tourism departments, to name a few.
“We have all gathered here to pay homage to an idea and to a country that embodies this idea. This idea encompass in the simple truth that: in 19th century tourism has become a bridge towards knowledge and friendship between peoples and countries, a way to promote peace and understanding, a road that leads towards a better future. We have also gather here to express our appreciation for a country and a people that will embody in 2013 this triumphant spirit of tourism: the people of Lao,” said Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, President of the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.
“We must also clearly mark that : tourism must be based on a set of values such as nature preservation, cultural and historical patrimony conservation for future generation and exactly for this need we have carved World Best Tourist Destination Award as an international recognition for the countries that are respecting this values,”said Prof. Dr. Anton.
Today, Lao has become a cultural and touristic world power and the main credit belongs, without a doubt, to great people of Laos, that from 1975 onwards is constructing a life of dignity, liberty and tolerance in a free country.
Today, in a world that rarely accepts and tolerates differences, we come to honour a country of tolerance, in a world crowded with pseudo-culture, without a form and substance, we come today to honour a True Culture, in a world that losing the true values, we come today the honour a real Touristic Value, in a time in which to many speak and do not act historical sites preservation, we come to honour a Paradise of History, We come to honour the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao.
“Today, the Lao government and people are proud and delighted to have received this honourable prize, which demonstrates the great achievements of tourism development in Laos,” said Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara.
“I would like to take this opportunity to praise and express my sincere gratitude to the European Council on Tourism and Trade and all tourists for highly valuing Lao tourism and selecting Laos as the World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2013,”said Minister Bosengkham. In 2008, the New York Times named Laos as one of 53 countries it described as the world’s top tourist destinations.
The world heritage site of Luang Prabang received the Top City Gold Award after being voted the world’s top tourist destination by Wanderlust, a UK based travel magazine from 2006 to 2008, and again from 2010 to 2012.
The Community-based Eco-tourism Programme in the Nam Ha Protected Forest Area in Luang Namtha province also won an award for ‘best poverty alleviation project’ and ‘best service’ given by the United Nations Development Programme.
“This honourable prize will make Laos even more popular among tourists across the globe, and will drive development of the tourism sector in our country. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, for highly valuing the development of Lao tourism. I agree with this comment that “In the 21st century, tourism has become an important bridge for friendship and relations among nations in the world; it is also a way to promote peace and mutual understanding and lead the way to a good future,”said Prof. Dr. Bosengkham.
“The Lao PDR stands ready to continue to develop the tourism sector to contribute to establishing and enhancing friendly relations among nations in the world to make a joint effort to promote peace and mutual understanding, together entering into the proper future of development under the sky of peace, friendship and sustainable cooperation,” added the Minister.
Source: KPL Lao News Agency
May 10, 2013