VIENTIANE, 17 January 2017: Lao PDR’s Department of Civil Aviation says its priority is to encourage more international airlines to serve the capital Vientiane.
In an interview with Vientiane Times the department claimed there were more direct flights to Laos, many of them charter flights during the peak tourist season November to April.
Flights from China are on the increase. Previously, only China Eastern Airlines operated flights, but now Sichuan Airlines and Hainan Airlines, both serve the country direct from China. Read more
HOUAPHANH, 22 December 2016: Houaphanh tourism authorities have outlined long-range plans to build tourism in the province.
Lao News Agency quoted the province’s information, culture and tourism sector head, Khamsing Laddavong, saying local authorities will embark on a survey of all tourism sites that have links to history, culture and nature.
The province’s master plan will also outline the need to increase accommodation options by attracting investors to build another eight hotels, 10 guesthouses and resorts and 12 more restaurants. Read more
SAYABOURY, 14 December 2016: The Elephant Festival 2017, in Sayaboury province, will run from 13 to 19 February.
Lao News Agency reported the official opening ceremony will be held, 17 February, with around 70 elephants joining activities during the festival.
The festival is the major event of the province and reminds visitors and residents that Laos once had a vast elephant population, according to the province deputy governor Yanhyong Sipasert. Read more
BANGKOK, 13 December 2016: Thai Smile will introduce a new flight connecting Bangkok to Luang Prabang, a world heritage town in Laos starting 16 January, next year.
The airline will offer four weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
Thai Smile will take over the route from Thai Airways International, which previously offered a seasonal service up to April this year. Read more
SALAVAN, 8 December 2016: Salavan authorities believe they can turn Tham Kaleang Cave into a major tourist attraction in the province.
Lao News Agency reported Tham Kaleang Cave will officially open to visitors during the Lao New Year in April next year.
The cave is located in Taleo village, about 30 km from Salavan on the way to Ta Oy district. Read more
OUDOMXAY, 1 December 2016: Tourism authorities in the Lao province of Oudomxay are leading joint private-public projects to develop new attractions and build human resources.
Lao News Agency reported the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department has started training courses for hospitality services to improve skills in the hospitality industry including restaurants.
The first three-day training course started this week, a province that has a small, but emerging travel industry that urgently needs to improve hospitality skills. Read more
VIENTIANE, 30 November 2016: A terminal expansion project at Wattaya International Airport should be completed by 2018.
Project supervisor, Sengsangoun Chanthavong, said the project under the Official Development Assistance of the Japan was worth 7.5 billion yen (over USD60 million).
The project began in December, last year and is now due for completion in June 2018, he said. Read more
VIENTIANE, 23 November 2016: Laos will organise an event to promote tourism in Vientiane province, 10 to 16 December, in Thoulakhom district.
Lao News Agency quoted Vientiane provincial governor, Bounsone Phetlavan, saying the festival would promote tourist sites, culture, the livelihood of ethnic minorities in the central province.
The government and private tour operators from Vientiane capital and the provinces of Vientiane, Bolikhamsai, Khammouane, Xaisomboun and Savannakhet will participate in the event. Read more
VIENTIANE, 22 November 2016: Laos is believes its top tourist destination, Luang Prabang, is a contender to gain the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) in early 2018.
Vientiane Times quoted Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department deputy director, Phonemaly Inthaphome, saying the world heritage town would present its application soon.
“During our last meeting we collected information that would support Luang Prabang’s application. There are 108 criteria that need to be met.” Read more
VIENTIANE, 11 November 2016: Laos will organise an international music festival “Vang Vieng Music Fest 2016” in Vang Vieng district, Vientiane province, 16 to 17 December.
The festival organised by Smart Event Organisers and Indee Records, in cooperation with the authorities of Vang Vieng district is now in its second year.
The festival venue will be in front of the iconic Lom cave. The festival’s aim is to promote a tourism focused on culture and art, rather than the town’s raunchy image presented in the past. Read more