Phongsali optimistic about tourism

March 31, 2017 by  
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PHONGSALI, 31 March 2017: Phongsali tourism authorities count visits and conclude tourism is moving forward, although the province is located in a remote part of Laos with limited airline access.

Vientiane Times in a tourism report noted that tourist arrivals to the province have risen from around 82,000 visits in 2015 to 103,583 in 2016.

The province’s tourism section official, Khamphanh Soudaphone, was quoted saying the province was not on a popular tourist route, but still managed to attract European visitors looking for soft adventure. Read more

Nepal Trekking village wiped out

May 6, 2015 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 6 May 2015: A trekker stranded for days in quake-hit Nepal has said he watched boulders the size of minivans smash buildings in a popular tourist area devastated by a massive avalanche, living to tell the tale using skills learnt from US reality TV show “Survivor”.

American trekker, Corey Ascolani, spent five terrifying days in the remote tourist area of Langtang following the 25 April quake, which trapped hundreds of tourists and Nepalis.

The 7.8-magnitude quake hit at the height of trekking season, wiping out Langtang’s main village. With information still emerging from the remote area it remains unclear how many people were killed, but local authorities have found 60 bodies including 13 foreigners.

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