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European Council lauds Laos as world´S best tourism destination for 2013

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A delegation from the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) has arrived in Vientiane, where they will present Laos with the council's award for ‘World's Best Tourist Destination for 2013.'

The delegation, led by the Council Chairman Prof Dr Anton Caragea, called on Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof Dr Bosengkham Vongdara in Vientiane on Monday where they were warmly welcomed following their arrival.
The delegation also visited important tourism sites in Vientiane before departing for Luang Prabang World Heritage Site tomorrow to experience how amazing this city is and how traditional culture is preserved there.
The handover ceremony of the award will take place at Don Chan Palace hotel in Vientiane on May 9. The event will be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly and other high-ranking officials.
Given the importance of the delegation's visit to award Laos, the government has allocated more than 700 million Lao kip (US$90,828.1) to prepare facilities and organise for the award handover ceremony.
During the ceremony, a video presentation showing the highlights of Lao tourism and tourists' impressions will be screened, followed by speeches from Prof. Dr Anton and Prof Dr Bosengkham and other art performances.
Among the reasons for awarding the title are Laos' promotion of free and fair tourism, the safety of tourists, the facilities offered, access to sites of historical and cultural significance, investment in the preservation of historical sites, and the benefits of tourism to grassroots communities.
The European Union Council on Tourism and Trade recently presented a report titled ‘Laos: a Touristic and Cultural Paradise' proposing Laos as the winner of the council's world best tourist destination for 2013.
The aim of the recognition is to continue promoting a new concept of community based tourism in Laos, which is friendly to nature, has low ecological impacts and helps protect and preserve endangered species and natural biodiversity, especially rainforest eco-climates.

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