February 24, 2018

Laos sees marked shift in tourist appeal

By:  Nikkei Asian Review, February 18, 2018

Patuxai in Vientiane
Tourists in front of the Patuxai in Vientiane.  Photo Credit:  Laure Siegel

...In 2017, total arrivals declined by an annual 10%, for the second consecutive year. Back in 2015 Laos tourism reached an all-time high, with 4.68 million international arrivals.

According to data from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, only the number of Chinese visitors continued to increase from 2016 to 2017.

Visitors from Europe and the U.S. fell by a third, and Laos also experienced a considerable decline in the number of high-end tourists from South Korea and Japan in the same period.

Visit Laos 2018 is aiming to reverse the country's declining tourism fortunes.

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