Laos readies for return of Chinese tourists

THE Lao government and private sectors are actively preparing for the arrival of Chinese tour groups.

“We are working in partnership with travel agencies, hotels and other tourism-related businesses to improve facilities and services in readiness for the return of Chinese tour groups,” local Lao daily Vientiane Times quoted Darany Phommavongsa, director-general of the Tourism Management Department of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, as saying.

“We held a meeting with private companies to discuss ways to improve facilities and design activities to entice more Chinese visitors to Laos.

“Those activities will soon be finalised,” the official told the daily on Friday.

Tourism experts predict that millions of Chinese tourists will visit Asean countries and many of them will travel on the China-Laos Railway, which runs from Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, to Vientiane. — Xinhua

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