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Tourism expansion in Quang Binh

Quang Binh will seek funding of US$4 billion for 40 projects during 2014 to 2015 in an effort to raise tourism and industry sector competitiveness.

Phong Nha cave - the most famous site in Quang Binh province which attracts many tourists

Phong Nha cave – the most famous site in Quang Binh province which attracts many tourists

The province chairman, Nguyen Huu Hoai, told local media that the areas included infrastructure in industrial zones, tourism, industrial production and agriculture.

“The province is also looking for investment in culture, healthcare, and education sectors.”

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Hotel investors join in Myanmar market

Sedona Yangon Hotel - one of the most luxurious hotels in Myanmar

Sedona Yangon Hotel – one of the most luxurious hotels in Myanmar

Hotels and Tourism deputy minister, Tin Shwe, reported that Myanmar’s tourism industry is now booming to the point the ministry must ease conditions for foreigners to invest in in new hotels.

“European and Asian hotel investors are now the priority,” he explained to local media just days after the ministry organised a briefing on hotel joint ventures that attracted 600 business executives from Thailand alone.

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Lao Tourism Enhancement

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

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.

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Steady Growth of Laos Tourism

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

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.

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Changes in Bagan tourism fee

Bagan’s tourism zone entrance fees could soon be collected by the Myanmar Tourism Federation, with part of the proceeds funding the development of Myanmar tourism and travel facilities in the Bagan region.

Bagan - one of the most famous spiritual destinations in Myanmar.

Bagan – one of the most famous spiritual destinations in Myanmar.

The tourism federation’s joint general secretary, U Khin Aung Htun, told local media that the fees are currently collected by the Ministry of Culture, but the federation is negotiating with the government to take over that responsibility. A deal could be reached as soon as April.

“We will begin collecting fees no later than 1 October. It could be sooner depending upon our discussions with the government,” he added.

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