On October 12, our Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Enrico Bargnani, and our External Relations Officer, Mr. Phoutong Sorinxay, had the privilege of meeting with Dr. ThongLith LuangKhot, Deputy Director General of the Department of Heritage, and Mr. Paxa Nyordsavanh, Deputy-Head of the World Heritage Management Division representing the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR.
This meeting was a pivotal step in our ongoing advocacy efforts through EuroCham Laos “Hospitality Advocacy Working Group.” One of the main objectives of the group is to correctly preserve the UNESCO Heritage area of Luang Prabang while ensuring its sustainable economic growth as a tourism destination, for the benefit of the private hospitality sector and by effect, Lao society at large.
During this constructive meeting, we discussed specific points reported by EuroCham Laos Members for the correct preservation and promotion of the UNESCO heritage area. Dr. LuangKhot and Mr. Nyordsavanh were very open to hear the feedback from the private sector on this matter and offered us assistance in facilitating communication and alignment with the local provincial government. On this occasion we were also given early information on upcoming government projects aimed at promoting tourism and we offered our outmost availability to participate and support upcoming activities.
We believe this initial meeting was extremely positive, and we’re committed to fostering a strong partnership between the private sector and the government to safeguard Luang Prabang’s unique heritage and attract more visitors in the future. Our dedication to the advocacy group’s goals remains unwavering.
Stay tuned for updates, as EuroCham Laos will soon conduct follow-up meetings with the local Luang Prabang officials and follow up with the Hospitality Advocacy Working Group. Together, we’re making a difference in the future of Luang Prabang!