The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam (DRVN) has announced plans to issue a Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia cross-border road vehicle transport permit.
According to local news report, easing regulations for cross-border transport would encourage tourism between the three neighboring countries.
Under the plan, licensed vehicles will be able to transport tourists and cargo between the three countries.
Just days before Lao PDR’s tourism officials head for the world’s largest travel show in Berlin they revised the 2014 tourist arrivals target to 3.9 million trips.
Thadeua in Laos
Tourism industry executives will attend ITB Berlin 5 March hoping they can convince European-based tour operators to book more trips to Laos this year and earn more revenue from it fledging tourism industry.
But before they left for Berlin, they confirmed, Wednesday, that the country’s 2013 arrivals had already surpassed estimates set for 2015.
Laos’ Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Tourism Development Department reported, that international arrivals to the country had soared 13% to close 3.7 million visits in 2013.
A stunning view of Wat Phou Champasak
The department confirmed 3,779,490 foreign arrivals up 13.49% from 3,330,072 visits in 2012.
ASEAN remained the largest source at 3,041,233 improving 12.12% from 2,712,478, dominated by overland travel from neighouring Thailand and Vietnam.