Luang Prabang Province plans to increase the number of visitors from 500,000 to 700,000 people by the year 2018 to 2020, according to the Office of the Provincial Tourism.
A representative of the Office of Provincial Tourism, who recently answered questions of a reporter from the Lao News Agency during a phone call, said that the number of visitors that came to Luang Prabang increased from 370,000 in 2014 to approximately 500,000 this year.
To ensure that the number of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage town continues to increase, relevant sectors are focusing on human resource development and improving infrastructure and other facilities to make Luang Prabang more attractive to tourists. The bigger objective is to increase tourism in other provinces as well by making Luang Prabang the starting point for tourists in Laos.
Luang Prabang is the most frequently visited location in the country due to its recently opened international airport, good internet facilities, comfortable options for transportation and accommodation, its historical buildings, and its many tourist sites.
According to the Office of Provincial Tourism, of the approximately 500,000 visitors to the town in 2015, about 40% of them were from Thailand ranking it as first. The country with the second highest number of tourists was China.
At present in Luang Prabang, there are 228 planned tourist sites with 111 of them currently open to the public. They are divided into three categories: cultural, natural and historical. About 6,000 people visit these sites every day. There are also 76 hotels and resorts, 327 guest-houses, 286 traditional and international restaurants and 75 tourism companies.