ASEAN Tourism Standards in Lao PDR
ASEAN TOURISM STANDARDS IN LAO PDR
In January 2016, the ten ASEAN tourism ministers collectively launched the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP) 2016-2025 during the 35th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) held in Manila, the Philippines. The vision of the ATSP is for the ASEAN to become by 2025 a “quality tourism destination offering a unique, diverse ASEAN experience, and being committed to responsible, sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development, so as to contribute significantly to the socio-economic well-being of the ASEAN people”.
To work towards the vision of the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025, the 10 ASEAN countries have seen the importance of implementing ASEAN tourism standards to encourage business operators and those entities involved in the tourism sector to standardize the quality of tourism products and services and promote tourism management in a responsible manner, enhancing the sustainable competitiveness of ASEAN as a Single Tourism Destination.