Laos to Update Law on Tourism, Improve Cooperation Among Govt. and Businesses

The Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT) met with various stakeholders to discuss the possibility of updating tourism laws in Laos.

KPL reports that the ministry organized a meeting on Thursday to discuss suggestions from the government, private businesses, and international and domestic experts, to potentially improve upon the country’s tourism law.

Ms. Suansavanh Viyaket, Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, said that an updated tourism law must define better define the roles and responsibilities of relevant sectors, focus on the sustainable usage of Laos’ tourism resources, and improve cooperation between the government and the business sector. 

The cooperation between the public and private tourism sectors will look at developing modern platforms for making travel reservations through a digital system to prevent a loss in the nation’s revenue collection.

Ms. Dalany Phommavongsa, Head of the Tourism Bussiness Management Department, announced the near completion of five laws on tourist sites, districts, market promotion, wellness business, and tourism at forest reserves.

The National Assembly and the ministry have approved the funding from the Asian Development Bank to employ international and domestic experts to research and assist in the update of the law.

Laos recorded a boost in tourism in the first quarter of 2023, with over 800,000 international visitors, according to the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism.


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