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Travel and Tourism - Laos - February 2019

“Geographically positioned at the crossroads of ancient civilisations, Laos combines rich indigenous cultures with culinary, religious and historic influences from across Asia, but is confronting diverse tourism development challenges as the competition intensifies among South East Asian nations to attract more visitors from home and abroad.”
- Jessica Kelly, Senior Tourism Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What is the current state of play for travel and tourism in Laos?
  • Who travels to and within Laos, how long do they stay and how much do they spend?
  • What factors are likely to influence growth in inbound and domestic tourism?
  • To what extent is tourism development being driven by the rise in Chinese arrivals?
  • How is investment from China and other major Asian economic players likely to support tourism expansion in Laos?
  • How can Laos position itself to compete with its larger Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) neighbours as the battle to attract tourists from across Asia intensifies?

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Table of contents

  1. Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic): Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
              • Greater Mekong Subregion
              • Attractions

                  • Upper North
                    • Lower North
                      • Central
                        • South
                          • UNESCO World Heritage
                          • Tourism and the Economy

                              • Figure 1: Laos population compared to its ASEAN neighbours, 2015-25
                              • Figure 2: Laos international tourism receipts, 2007-18
                          • Arrivals

                            • International
                              • Figure 3: Laos international visitor arrivals, 2007-25
                              • Figure 4: Laos inbound arrivals compared to ASEAN neighbours, 2016-17
                              • Figure 5: Laos top 10 inbound source markets, 2017
                              • Figure 6: Visitors to Laos by region, 2012-17
                            • The China Factor
                              • Figure 7: Visitors to Laos from China, 2012-19
                            • The Pan-Asia Railway
                              • Domestic
                              • Market Characteristics

                                • International
                                  • Purpose of visit
                                    • Figure 8: Purpose of visit for international visitors to Laos, 2014-17
                                  • Seasonality
                                    • Figure 9: International vs regional visitors to Laos month by month, 2017
                                  • Length of stay
                                    • Figure 10: Average length of stay for international vs regional visitors to Laos, 2010-17
                                  • Domestic
                                    • Purpose of visit
                                      • Figure 11: Top 10 destinations for domestic tourists in Laos, 2016-17
                                    • Seasonality
                                      • Length of stay
                                      • Transport

                                        • Air
                                          • Figure 12: Visitor arrivals at Laos’s international airports, 2013-17
                                        • Road
                                          • Rail
                                            • Sea
                                            • Accommodation

                                                  • Figure 13: Total hotels & guestrooms in Laos, 2011-17
                                              • Tourism News

                                                • What Next?

                                                  Travel and Tourism - Laos - February 2019

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