Laos, China sign pact to develop human resources in tourism

YUNNAN, China (Vientiane Times/ANN) - The pact was signed at the 2nd Yunnan-South-Southeast Asia Education Exchange and Cooperation held in Yunnan on June 11.

The delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Ounethouang Khaophanh. Officials of Lao mass media institute attended the event following an invitation from Yunnan

Mr Ounethouang told the forum on Tuesday. “We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Yunnan College of Tourism of China for organising and inviting us to attend this event. I am certain this event will help in fruitful sharing of knowledge and ideas,” he said. Laos and China enjoy good relations and have cooperated on major projects, particularly the Institute of Mass Media of Culture and Tourism and the Yunnan College of Tourism. Both institutes had signed an MOU in 2017 to strengthen their friendship and mutually develop human resources in the tourism sector, he said.

Since then the two institutes have had good relations. Lao delegates have actively attended many programmes organised by Yunnan College of Tourism. In order to further promote tourism and strengthen friendship, Laos and China have launched the Visit Laos-China Year-2019 to boost visitor arrivals between the two neighbours and it is expected to welcome more than 1 million Chinese visitors to Laos, he added.

He said, “Lao PDR fully supports China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative which aims to boost infrastructure connectivity and promote people-to-people exchanges. Lao PDR appreciates the high-speed railway construction project to link China-Laos and the Asean region - which is expected to be completed by 2021.”

This would serve as an additional transportation network in stimulating Laos’ national socio-economic development, he said.

“I believe that Laos and China relations, friendship and cooperation is sustainable. Nevertheless, Laos looks forward to further cooperating and seeking support of China, particularly Yunnan College of Tourism to further develop human resources in the tourism sector.

On this occasion, I would like to reiterate that Lao PDR is ready to closely work with China and looks forward to more effective collaborations in the future,” he added.