Lao Tourism Entrepreneur Receives ASEAN’s CBT Standards Award

Some Lao tourism entrepreneurs have received ASEAN’s Community Based Tourism (CBT) Standards Award.

The award presentation ceremony took place in Singapore on January 20 where the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Ountuang Khaophan, representing the Lao tourism entrepreneurs, received the awards.

The awards included the inclusive and ethical presentation of a community’s social, historical and natural assets and compliance on practical issues such as accommodation, safety and hygiene.

At the 36th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Singapore from January 16 to 20, 2017, under themed Shaping Our Tourism Journey Together, Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Ountuang declared the Visit Laos Year 2018 campaign to promote sightseeing and attract more arrivals to Laos.

The campaign also aims to create stronger momentum for the development and improvement of tourism services in line with international standards.

He said that Laos is a pure and exotic country of great natural beauty�blessed with rich culture, history, temples, and strong spiritual traditions.

The number of arrivals in 2016 to the World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang rose by more than 601,000, over 500,000 of which were from China. This year tourist arrivals are expected to increase even more.

Over the past years, Laos has enjoyed consistent and impressive growth in the number of tourists visiting the country.

The country recorded 4.6 million international arrivals in 2015, a rise of 13 per cent when compared to the previous year.

The ATF 2017 will support the continuous, collective efforts by ASEAN members to address challenges and opportunities as ASEAN jointly develops and grows the tourism industry in the region.

Source: Lao News Agency