Laos ranked third in Top Country awards by UK Wanderlust magazine


  • Laos
  • Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

LAOS, Feb 20 (Vientiane Times/ANN) -- Laos has been named second runner-up in the Top Country rankings in the UK’s Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards 2020, behind Namibia and Peru.

The ranking should be a huge fillip to Laos’ tourism industry. It is the first time Laos has been awarded the second runner-up spot in the magazine’s Top Country awards.

The award was accepted by the Lao ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr Phongsavanh Sisoulath.

Director General of the Tourism Marketing Department, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Soun Manivong, told Vientiane Times on Wednesday the award would raise Laos’ profile and more people would get to know about the country and its beauty.

The Top Country awardees are decided by votes from more than 8,500 Wanderlust readers online. Laos received 96.25 percent of the votes.

In previous years Laos has received awards for Best City and Top City. Luang Prabang received the Best City award eight times and placed in the top ten on other occasions since 2006, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

The Wanderlust Readers’ Travel Awards are based on readers’ travels from December 2018 to November 2019. The results are based on an average satisfaction score (converted to a percentage) rather than the number of votes cast. The full results can be seen at www.wanderlusttravelawards.co.uk

In a bid to attract more visitors, Laos hosted Visit Laos Year 2018 and Visit Laos-China Year 2019.

These tourism promotion events featured a range of colourful activities while infrastructure was upgraded in provinces across the country and services were improved. Some provinces lowered their food prices and added new dishes to restaurant menus.

More than 4.7 million visitors came to Laos last year, an increase of 14.44 percent over 2018.

This year the government is targeting domestic tourism and is encouraging local residents to explore their country.

This initiative is part of the national socio-economic development plan for 2020. The government hopes to attract about 4.7 million foreign visitors and generate more than US$900 million in revenue from tourism.

As of 2018, Laos had 670 hotels, 2,432 guesthouses and resorts, 2,646 restaurants and 305 entertainment venues, according to the ministry’s Tourism Development Department. Laos has numerous officially designated tourist attractions including 1,318 nature-based sites, 596 places of cultural interest, and 294 places of historical significance.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

   

Next In Regional

Najib fails to disqualify appointment of Tommy Thomas’ lawyers in RM1.9mil suit
Regional best GDP growth and low inflation proof we're on the right track, says PM
AirAsia X posts RM652.51mil net loss in 4Q
Ringgit slides as US dollar soars across markets
Ismail Sabri: 2022 development expenditure performance at 50.35%
TNB, PETRONAS sign MoU for carbon-neutral aspirations
New Blackpink single ‘Pink Venom’ shows its contradictory sides
Bursa Malaysia closes broadly lower on continued profit-taking
Cops bust fake job syndicate that trafficked 238 Malaysians, six arrested
Japan court refuses to recognise trans woman as parent of child born after transition - media

Others Also Read