Tourists visit Luang Prabang up by 30%
(KPL) Number of tourists visiting northern province of Luang Prabang, the UNESCO world heritage town, increased by 30% in the first six months of current fiscal year 2012-2013.
"The tourist arrival amounted to 221,895, with an influx of US$61.40 million (or 490 billion kip) into the economy, compared to the same period of last year (41,414 million), jumped to a rise of 30%," Luang Prabang Governor, Mr. Khampheng Saysompheng said last week.
"Luang Prabang has a total of 227 touristic attractions, of which 86 are cultural sites, 107 are natural sites and 34 historical sites, most of whom have been well protected and developed," he claimed.
Last year, Luang Prabang province focused on improving tourist-related infrastructures, such as transport system ranging from land, water to air transportations so that ensuring better safety.
Tourism sites in the province have received improvement and development in line with the standard. Up-to-date, there are 46 hotels, 14 resorts, 230 guesthouses and 48 restaurants able to welcome more than 4,000 arrivals daily. There are also more than 60 tour-operating companies serving the province.
"Luang Prabang is a province with a long history, dating back more than 1,200 years, whose legacy of fine traditional culture and customs has been preserved till nowadays. Thanks to its strategic location and blessed with untouched nature, Luang Prabang’s beauty represents a unique example,"Mr Khampheng said.
Both domestic and foreign tourists have well known Luang Prabang thanks to its special status of UNESCO World's Heritage Town, visible on the field of culture and nature protection, which was established in 1995. Presently, the provincial main income derives from touristic sector.
Thanks to the aforesaid potential, the Luang Prabang Administration pays always attention to the work of tourism-management and the promotion of market-oriented activities, aiming at improving living conditions of local people.