Source: Vientiane Times
Several tourist sites located within green travel zones in provinces across Laos are ready to welcome visitors from next month under “new normal” conditions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vangvieng district in Vientiane province is among the green zones, and local authorities have improved the standard of accommodation and services at restaurants and prepared special facilities for visitors.
Many hotels, guesthouses and resorts have promotional schemes for the new year at popular sites of the district. For instance, a discount of 50 percent on adventure activities such as kayaking, zip line and visits is being offered at Tham Non cave. Hotels and guesthouses are also offering a 50 percent discount on accommodation, the president of the Vangvieng young business men’s association, Mr Bounphan Vongsamphan, told the local media.
Authorities in Vangvieng district have created new tourism products and taken steps to control the prices of services and food.
Vientiane province too is ready to welcome visitors, while tourist sites, accommodation facilities and restaurants in Luang Prabang are preparing for domestic and foreign travellers.
Several popular tourist attractions in Luang Prabang have been refurbished or upgraded following their closure during the Covid-19 crisis.
The services provided by hospitality staff have been improved, and authorities worked with the health department to ensure that visitors can travel safely in 2022, according to Luang Prabang’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department.
Despite the new threat posed by the Omicron variant of Covid-19, the government is opening up Laos to tourists from 17 countries, who will be able to visit designated green travel zones in Vientiane city, Luang Prabang and Vangvieng district of Vientiane province from January 1 to March 30.
Travel destinations are limited because of the difficulties involved in opening up the whole country while Covid-19 control measures remain in place.
Nationals of China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Japan, France, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, the USA, Canada and Australia will be allowed to enter Laos.
Authorities are hoping the “Lao Thiao Lao” campaign will attract at least 1.9 million domestic travellers and more than one million foreign visitors in 2022, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment, Dr Sonexay Siphandone, told the National Assembly last month.
If this scheme is successful, it is expected the number of restaurants, hotels and guesthouses will grow by 1.8 percent.