VIENTIANE, 21 March 2017: The Vientiane International Airport Terminal Expansion project is now behind schedule.
Construction began in December 2015 and is due to be completed by 2018.
Vientiane Times’ said the project’s monthly progress report stated 13% of the work was competed by the end of February short of the targeted 16% as stated in the official workflow chart. Read more
VIENTIANE, 17 March 2017: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department reports Lao citizens made 3.05 million trips in 2016.
Vientiane Times quoted the department’s statistics unit that monitored a slight decrease of 0.3% when compared with more than 3.06 million trips in 2015 and a decline of 7.58% on 3.3 million trips registered in 2014.
However, the number of Lao nationals booking air travel increased slightly. Read more
XIANGKHOUANG, 13 March 2017: Xiangkhouang authorities will develop Phou Kout Mountain, a former military garrison, as a tourist attraction in the province offering diversify travel choices for visitors.
Vientiane Times quoted the province’s Department of Information, Culture and Tourism director, Vongsa Duangthongla, saying the historical site will be developed as a tourist attraction for the launch of the Visit Laos Year 2018.
The Lao province will also host the country’s national games in November 2018. Read more
VIENTIANE, 9 March 2017: Lao Airlines plans to launch a direct flight between Vientiane and Tokyo in Japan.
Lao News Agency reported the airline plans to introduce the service, but has provided few details on its plans.
The flight is expected to make a stop in Nagasaki on one of sector of the journey between Vientiane and Tokyo. Read more
SAYABOURY, 8 March 2017: Sayaboury’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department aims to open one of the country’s largest surveyed forests to tourism once roads are constructed.
Vientiane Times quoted the department director, Chanthi Simanichan, saying the provincial authorities had surveyed the forest in Phieng district, which is 80 km from the provincial capital.
After surveying the forest, authorities are considering how to open it up to tourism. Read more
SALAVAN, 7 March 2017: The southern Lao province of Salavan is preparing to open up an area of Phouphasouk mountain to tourism this April.
New attractions will include caves and a waterfall and authorities say they will open them to tourists as early at the Lao New Year holiday in mid-April.
Vientiane Times reported the site is located at Phouphasouk mountain about 20 km from the provincial capital. Read more
CHAMPASAK, 1 March 2017: Champasak’s Wat Phou World Heritage Office will submit a recently discovered Hindu-era stupa to the provincial governor’s office for approval as a new tourist attraction.
Vientiane Times quoted the office director, Oudomsy Keosaksith, saying the stupa discovered at Nongdinchi temple on Phou Malong mountain in Phonthong district probably pre-dates the Angkor era in neighbouring Cambodia.
“The stupa is older than the Wat Phou World Heritage Site and is also thought to be older than Angkor Wat in Siem Reap,” he claimed. Read more
SALAVAN, 27 February 2017: Salavan province is asking for funds to develop natural tourism sites and help guesthouses and hotels improve services ahead of Visit Laos Year 2018.
Lao New Agency quoted the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Division head, Somchay Ounchit, saying provincial authorities would focus on improving access at natural tourist sites such as waterfalls.
It will also support guesthouses, hotels and restaurants to improve their facilities, through training and funding. Read more
VIENTIANE, 21 February 2017: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism says the country should develop tourism products and improve safety measures to attract more visitors and build tourist confidence.
Lao New Agency quoted the ministry’s deputy minister, Bouangeun Saphouvong, saying the tourism sector in Laos should develop integrated tourism products to attract more visitors to the country.
“We also have to ensure visitors that they can enjoy themselves, get a broad knowledge of Laos and its culture, see beautiful places, taste delicious food, as well travel safely on good transport.” Read more
OUDOMXAY, 9 February 2017: Oudomxay Tourism Office says about 100 tourist sites in the province await development in order to attract more tourists.
Vientiane Times quoted the provincial tourism officer, Van Mingboupha, saying the province is encouraging the private sector to take the lead in developing tourism.
“So far about eight businesses have submitted proposals to the provincial Informational, Culture and Tourism Department with suggestions on how to improve of visitor attractions.” Read more