In recent years, Quang Binh has focused on boosting its tourism sector through developing an infrastructure system that matches with other localities.
The central province of Quang Binh on November 15 hosted a conference on tourism connectivity between central provinces in a bid to better link travel agencies and hospitality businesses in the region.
The conference drew participants from over 100 travel firms spread across Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of Quang Binh People’s Committee Tran Tien Dung said that connectivity among tourism sectors in regional province has been limited, with local businesses operating spontaneously and separately.
Growth in tourism is the key driver that is pushing up the value of Cambodia’s service sector, according to the Asian Development Bank report.
But to reach its full potential the country still needs to harness resources and tackle the problems that are hindering growth.
Tourist arrivals have increased 19% to reach 2.1 million during the first six months of 2013.
The bank identified substantial tourist arrivals as the key factor building business for hotels and restaurants and supporting transport and other related industries.
With the World Responsible Tourism Awards of the Best Responsible Wildlife Experiences given to Nam Nern Night Safari, Laos strengthens its status of a premier eco-tourism destination not only in Asia but around the world. The Mekong Tourism Coordination Office which represents six Mekong countries extends its warmest congratulations to Nam Nern Night Safari and to Laos.
Laos’ efforts to protect its environment and develop a responsible tourism policy were rewarded in London during the World Travel Market with the attribution of the Best Responsible Wildlife Experiences Award to Nam Nern Night Safari in Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area. The World Responsible Tourism Award was created in 2004 by responsibletourism.com.
Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (or NPA) is located in Northeastern Laos and is one of twenty National Protected Areas set in 1993 by the Laotian Government. With an area of 4,229 km2, it is one of the largest in Laos covering seven districts and three provinces (Houaphan, Luang Prabang and Xieng Khouang provinces). The area is densely covered by primary forest and is a sanctuary for a number of endangered species including tiger, gaur, sambar deer, and white-cheeked gibbon living in the area.
Historical sites in Hanoi such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison will be given a facelift according to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
According to the plan, the department will focus on repairing damaged areas, while replacing damaged sections of Hoa Phong Tower, Ngoc Son Temple and other areas around Hoan Kiem Lake.
In addition, the department will add tourism products in the area and organise traditional art performances at Tran Ba Temple as well as festivals built around historical legends related to the lake.
The National Ethnic Culture Park is Vientiane’s latest tourist attraction set to open next April in an effort to add variety to the country’s tourism content.
According to local media reports, phase one of the project is now more than 80% complete. Work on the venture began in 2012 with the whole project costing US$30 million, financed by the IP Group.
The group president, Ad Phannivong, was quoted as saying: “We decided to develop 10 hectares of the existing parkland into a new tourism complex to attract more visitors from ASEAN.”