Oudomxay calls for tourism investment

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.”

inside no 4The province wants to develop its sightseeing attractions to gain more investors and visitors, but funding is limited.

There are 106 officially designated tourist sites in the province, the report said.

Last year, about 215,000 foreigners visited the province. They visited Nam Kat waterfall, Chom Ong cave, Singkham Buddha temple, and the provincial capital, Xay district.

Lao News Agency quoted the province’s Department of Planning and Investment director, Onekeo Oun-alom, saying there are tourist attractions that could  be interesting to investors from several countries especially China.

He cited examples of waterfalls and caves that could be improved and managed by private companies that would earn revenue from entrance fees.

Oudomxay is a province of Laos, located in the northwest of the country. The province’s capital is Muang Xai.

It borders China to the north, Phongsali province to the northeast, Luang Prabang province to the east and southeast, Sainyabuli province to the south and southwest, Bokeo province to the west, and Luang Namtha province to the northwest.

A tourism office opened in Muang Xay in 1997 with the support of the German Development Service. In August 2007 the tourism office was upgraded to a provincial tourism Department.