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AseanAffairs Magazine September - October 2011
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By 
Reinhard Hohler

PAKSE SHINES
AS A NEW STAR

A little known town in southern Laos attracts widespread interest as a center for exploration of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

 

 

Compared to the well-known World Heritage Site Luang Prabang in northern Laos, the sleepy provincial town of Pakse in the southern part of the country is unknown. When 250 delegates to the 12th Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) met at the Champasak Grand Hotel in May in Pakse, this hopefully changed. Pakse and its tourism potential prominently shined as a new star during this year’s event.

Under the theme, “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star,” it quickly became clear that the annual MTF presented the best opportunity for those in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) tourism industry to meet and discuss travel and tourism issues. High-level government officials and representatives of the six National Tourism Organizations (NTO) China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam mingled with developers, hoteliers, tour operators, tourism suppliers and international media.
 

Among the suggestions for improving tourism in the region, Luzi Matzig, CEO of Asian Trails, suggested that each government in the GMS should do the funding and marketing, because the private sector already is paying the taxes. In the same tone, it was said by others that uncontrolled tourism destroys the environment and should be closely monitored.
 

Connectivity is the name of the game. From the Chinese side highspeed trains are planned to reach the GMS in the future. For 2015, Asean is aggressively promoting open sky policies, while the cooperation of ASEAN+6 is already a reality, including China, Japan and South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. Furthermore, visa problems in the GMS are still critical and should be addressed. The proposed single GMS visa is out of the question now because of a myriad of political problems................

 

 

>> CONNECTIVITY IS THE
NAME OF THE GAME.
FROM THE CHINESE SIDE
HIGH-SPEED TRAINS ARE
PLANNED TO REACH
THE GMS IN THE FUTURE.
FOR 2015, ASEAN IS AGGRESSIVELY
PROMOTING
OPEN SKY POLICIES, WHILE
THE COOPERATION OF
ASEAN+6 IS ALREADY A
REALITY, INCLUDING CHINA,
JAPAN AND SOUTH
KOREA, AUSTRALIA, NEW
ZEALAND AND INDIA.
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