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Asean members, China promote tourism cooperation

Laos and other Asean countries along with China have recently targeted the development of tourism cooperation with the aim of attracting more tourists to all countries involved.

In 2016, a total of 3,083,383 tourists from Asean countries arrived in Laos, with most visitors coming from Thailand and Vietnam, according to the statistical report from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Meanwhile, a total of 545,493 tourists from China had arrived in Laos over the same period, which is an increase from 511,436 in 2015.
Laos will look to expand tourism cooperation with other Asean countries and China by promoting tourism sites around the country including the many cultural and natural tourism sites that have attracted tourists in the past.
Regarding the cooperation, the Institute of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the China Foreign Affairs University held the Network of Asean-China Think Tank (NACT) Working Group Meeting on promoting people to people exchange between members of the Asean and China.
The meeting was attended by the Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs, MrThiengBoupha and Representative of the China Foreign Affairs University, Associate Professor Yang Yue.
In addition, the working group meeting welcomed senior experts, academics, scholars, and researchers from Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and China to discuss tourism cooperation.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the success and challenges of potential and past tourism cooperation between Asean and China, also exchanging comments and discussing guidelines and mechanisms for the promotion of tourism.
The meeting also made preparations to organise the NACT Country Coordinator and Annual Conference in the Philippines which will be held at the end of the year.
Speaking at the meeting, the Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs, MrThiengBoupha said “such close interactions and cooperation have given a strong boost to the economic and social development of both Asean countries and China and played an important part in enhancing people-to-people exchanges which has consolidated the public support for the development of tourism cooperation.”
“We have seen the number of tourist arrivals in Asean increase in 2016, with the total number of tourist arrivals from China to Asean numbering 19.8 million, an increase of 6.4 percent as compared to 2015, while the number of Asean tourists to China was recorded at 10.34 million, an increase of 57.8 percent,” he said.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 7, 2017)

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