Chinese Tourism Benefits Few in Laos, Sources Say

Moves in Laos to promote Chinese tourism in the coming year will benefit mainly Chinese businesses already established in the impoverished Southeast Asian country, with ordinary Lao citizens less likely to cash in, Lao sources say.

Laos and China are now preparing together to launch a 2019 Visit Year campaign, Lao Minister of information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara announced following a meeting of the Lao government’s cabinet in September.

Planned activities are expected to bring at least one million Chinese tourists into the country during the year, the Minister said, quoted by local media.

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