Vietnam‏ and Laos join for tourism offensive

26th Jul 2013

A tie-up between tourism organisations in Vietnam and neighbouring Laos is aimed at encouraging holidaymakers to visit them both on the same trip.

Vietnam's Quang Ninh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has signed an agreement with Laos' Luang Prabang Department of Information, Culture and Tourism.

The south-east Asian countries also hope to:

- co-develop tourism products

- share information

- boost travel between the two popular destinations.

- introduce tours that link the two destinations

- support staff training

- swap technical knowledge in tourism management.

Both destinations boast UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Quang Ninh province's leading attraction is Halong Bay, one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Halong Bay's heavenly qualities can be discovered not only in its mountains, islands and the hue of its clear waters, but also in its boundlessly rich system of grottoes and caves.

Luang Prabang, once served as the royal capital of Laos, is today the country's favourite attraction among tourists enjoying city breaks here.

Its boasts wondrous cultural sites such as historical French colonial buildings and golden-roofed temples.

But it is also famous for its distinctive town centre hill known as Phou Si and its Kuang Si waterfall just outside town.

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