Savannakhet launches Visit​ Laos​ Year ​programme​

Government leaders launch Savannakhet province’s Visit Laos Year 2024 programme of events. - Savannakhet​ provincial official

VIENTIANE: Savannakhet province kicked off its Visit​ Laos​ Year​ calendar of events on Sunday (March 10), coinciding with the start of the Savan Fun Fest.

The Fun Fest marks a colourful beginning to the province’s tourism campaign and is taking place from March 10-17, featuring cultural performances and concerts and a display of replicas of popular tourist attractions such as That Ing Hang stupa, That Phon stupa, the Ho Tay Pidok Buddhist manuscript repository, and other places of interest.

The opening ceremony was attended by Vice President Dr Bounthong Chitmany, former Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh, former Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh, former Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavath, Minister of Information,​ Culture​ and Tourism​ Mrs​ Suanesavanh​ Vignaket​, and provincial governors.

The Governor of Savannakhet​ province,​ Bounchom Ubonpaseuth, said tourism and the service industry play a crucial role in the economic development of many nations, driving both economic and social progress.

The same is true of Laos, where provinces across the country are running tourism promotion campaigns during Visit Laos Year 2024 to raise awareness of the country’s many fascinating sights and the local lifestyle.

Savannakhet is placing a focus on safe and fun activities, which also give visitors an insight into the province’s culture, nature and history.

The campaign showcases Savannakhet as a top destination for travellers, both from across Laos and around the world, Bounchom said.

The province is publicising its diverse cultural heritage, historical significance, and breathtaking natural beauty, hoping to attract a large number of visitors.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of cultural traditions of Savannakhet’s various ethnic groups. This interaction will not only showcase the wise ways of local people but will generate income for the development of the province and the country as a whole, Bounchom said.

Through tourism, Savannakhet province aims to bolster social and economic growth, creating job opportunities and generating income across all sectors of the economy. This will strengthen families, villages and districts, enabling them to prosper and thrive, he added.

Vientiane and several other provinces have officially launched their programme of events for Visit Laos Year, including Luang Prabang, Xayaboury, Khammuan, Bokeo, Vientiane, Champassak and Xekong.

To make a good impression on tourists, Savannakhet authorities have improved visitor facilities, infrastructure, and the quality of services at hotels,​ guesthouses​ and restaurants.

Lao Airlines​ plans to resume flights between​ Savannakhet province and Bangkok to service the large number of people expected to come to Laos during Visit Laos Year, with this route set to reopen on March 15.​

Savannakhet has numerous places of interest such as the Dinosaur Museum, Lom Swamp, Dongnatad Forest, Dong Ling (Monkey Forest) and Tad Phalong and Salen waterfalls, as well as mysterious ancient stone structures of uncertain origin.

There are also organised treks through protected areas which offer nature lovers the chance to see some wildlife.

Visitors can also explore Xayyaphoum and Taleo temples as well as the Ho Tay Pidok manuscript repository, and can visit villages that are home to members of the Phouthai ethnic group. - Vientianne Times/ANN

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