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Lao officials, businesses mull plans for Covid-safe tourism
Lao officials, businesses mull plans for Covid-safe tourism

Vientiane, Dec 14 (TIWN) Lao government officials and business operators have been discussing plans to reopen the country to tourists next month with special Covid-19 measures in place.

The online meeting took place after the government approved the “green tourism areas” scheme, with a view to allowing tourists to visit selected areas, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday.  The meeting was chaired by Director General of the Planning and International Cooperation Department Phengchanh Phengmeuang.  Participants would discuss arrangements for people visiting designated “green travel” zones, where measures would be introduced to ensure safe travel and prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the official.  Ministry officials and tourism-related business operators will run a publicity campaign on social media, radio, TV and in newspapers about the reopening of specific tourist destinations, and direct visitors to official websites for further information.  The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism will provide foreign embassies in Laos with details of the plan, including information about safety measures. It will also circulate information about the health program LaoSafe through provincial travel agencies, tourism associations, and online workshops.  The ministry will give guidance to tourism businesses, drivers and guides through online workshops and other channels as requested or needed, with online sessions on safe travel protocols for tour operators.

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