Laos Begins to Prepare for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024

This aerial photo shows people celebrating the Songkran Festival or the Lao New Year, in Luang Prabang, Laos, April 15, 2023. Photo by Kaikeo Saiyasane/Xinhua

VIENTIANE -- Lao tourism authorities are preparing to host the annual ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2024, which will take place in the Lao capital Vientiane on Jan. 22-27.

The theme of the forum will be "Quality and Responsible Tourism -- Sustaining ASEAN Future", Lao News Agency on Sunday quoted Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Suanesavanh Vignaket as saying at a meeting last Friday to discuss preparations for the event.

The forum will include a tourism exhibition, and serves to spur tourism and further service improvement in associated businesses, Suanesavanh said.

Laos previously hosted the ASEAN Tourism Forum in 2004 and 2013.

The Lao government is promoting the country's potential as a nature-based tourism destination.

Many foreign tourists have visited the Southeast Asian country to explore scenic attractions as well as local lifestyles and traditions.

In the first three months of 2023, more than 831,000 foreign tourists came to Laos, compared with just 211,898 overseas visitors in the first six months of 2022 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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