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Luang Namtha eyes cultural tourism opportunities

Cultural tourism in Luang Namtha province is set to get a boost via an initiative between the Luangpaseuth Corporation Co., Ltd (LCC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

A memorandum of understanding between the provincial authorities on behalf of the government and the project developer will be signed early next month, LCC's CEO, Mr Bounleuth Luangpaseuth told Vientiane Times yesterday.

The project expected to see more than US$15 million spent to improve facilities in around 30 hectares of the project area in the northern province that borders China, he said.

The project will see the promotion of traditions, culture and heritage of the local ethnic groups, Mr Bounleuth said.

The approach focuses on the participation of local people, their lifestyle and environment to attract tourists especially those seeking culture and nature, he explained.

The activities will include trekking, river rafting and camping.

“We also plan to cooperate with Green Discovery Laos to promote ecotourism, ethnic people's lifestyle and important traditional events of local people in particular cultural festivals,” Mr Bounleuth said.

The project area is located in the capital of the province and situated just one kilometre from the provincial airport.

The site comprises a river, pleasant environment and fine culture of multi-ethnic groups of the region.

He said the company chose to develop tourism within Luang Namtha as it saw the potential of the province that was increasingly a gateway connecting China to Laos and the rest of Asean.

Tourism is one of the sectors identified for development and expansion of the company's business.

The company decided to implement efforts in the sector as it saw the potential of the area which boasts abundant natural and cultural resources.

Mr Bounleuth said he believed that the project would encourage more trade and investment in tourism in the province as well spread the benefits of cultural promotion and preservation.

The Lao government had designated the tourism sector as a priority for the nation's socio-economic development.

It is understood the cultural tourism development project in Luang Namtha will help to attract more trade and tourists for the development of the province and also create job opportunities for local people as well as income.

The province boasts mor e potential eco-tourism, cultural, historic and traditional tourist sites in need of further development.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update July 25, 2017)

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