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Deputy PM advises Vangvieng officials on tourism development

Vientiane provincial authorities should ensure that visitor attractions are safe and clean, as well as addressing any environmental issues, especially pollution, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone advised local officials during a recent visit to Vangvieng district.
Dr Sonexay focused on tourism issues in the province and encouraged authorities to cooperate with industry and commercial departments to avoid industrial or business expansion at the expense of tourism, making Vangvieng a district that was dedicated to tourism.
There should also be good standards of health and sanitation, as this was essential for visitors, he said.
While authorities should make sure that visitors understood the regulations and respected local traditions and culture, Dr Sonexay said Vientiane province should expand tourism opportunities including promoting local produce, farms and farming practices, and make these visitor attractions.
Vangvieng district Governor Mr Khamphong Duangvilay also reported on the ongoing growth and development in the region, including tourism management.
Vangvieng district had a wealth of natural attractions and many extremely good facilities, he said. 
He mentioned large regional infrastructure developments, such as the Laos-China railway, the Vientiane-Vangvieng expressway, and the potential of a tourism complex proposed for the old airfield in Vangvieng district.
This US$200 million project would include a concert hall, exhibition hall, fountain park, shopping centre, children’s recreation area, water park, apartments, restaurants and bars, according to Vientiane provincial authorities.
Dr Sonexay also visited factories in Vangvieng district and encouraged authorities to relocate some of them once their concessions expire.  Appropriate zoning would allow the district to become a dedicated tourism centre, he said.
Vangvieng is not far from Vientiane, which makes for convenient travel, and offers a large range of activities. It stages regular festivals, and has a wealth of natural attractions, including exciting adventure activities for the brave.
Water features significantly in enticing visitors, including the Xong River, Jang and Poukham caves, the Blue Lagoon and Kaeng Nyui waterfall, with kayaking, tubing, speed-boating, and zip-lines all on offer.
Over 40 tourist attractions were inspected during the visit, with some 21 sites having been developed and opened to the public and attracting more than 1,890 visitors in 2017. These generated revenues in excess of 94 billion kip, according to district authorities.
Vientiane province has 23 hotels, 289 resorts and guesthouses, 274 restaurants and 32 entertainment venues, according to the 2017 Tourism Statistics report from the Tourism Development Department, under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Information can also be obtained from the Vientiane provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department on 023 431535.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
May 02,

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