A Vietnam - Laos tourism promotion conference was held in the Laos capital of Vientiane on July 19, featuring the participation of nearly 100 delegates representing tourism agencies and enterprises from the two countries.
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Speaking at the conference, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said that in addition to marine tourism destinations and special cultural features, tourism routes connecting the two countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region will be introduced and promoted during the event.
Vietnam and Laos have signed numerous cooperation agreements on tourism, including the Tourism Cooperation Agreement signed in 1991 and Cooperation Plan on Culture, Arts and Tourism for the 2016-2020 period. These agreements are an important basis for the two sides to strengthen their tourism cooperation in the near future.
Director General of Lao National Tourism Administration Sounh Manivong expressed his appreciation of Vietnam’s support in promoting Lao tourism and stressed the necessity to enhance the cooperation between the two countries in multilateral forums.
At the conference, the delegates discussed issues related to tourism management and promotion, as well as introducing and exchanging information on tourism service business activities.
In 2016, Vietnam welcomed over 137,000 visitors from Laos, while around one million Vietnamese visited Laos. Laos is among the 15 leading tourism markets of Vietnam and Vietnam is the second largest market to Laos.
In the first six month of this year, a large number of visitors from other countries, particularly Europe, the US, Australia and Japan, visited both Laos and Vietnam via tours connecting Laos centres and heritages sites with Vietnam’s famous destinations. This is the result of the cooperation between the two countries in tourism promotion over recent times.
Director of Mekong Leisura Lao Travel Company Somdy Manivong said that currently, Lao travel enterprises want to join in tourism promotion conferences and forums in Vietnam to seek more informations on this market.