Local newspaper Vientiane Times quoted Director of Vientiane’s Department of Information, Culture and Tourism Vilayvone Chanthalaty as saying the mayors or vice mayors of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia’s Phnom Penh, Myanmar’s Yangon, Thailand’s Bangkok, and Vientiane will attend the event.
The summit will focus on discussing measures to improve tourism products and services as well as increase the appeal of cities in the lower part of the Mekong River to attract more tourists from the region and beyond, she said.
Vilayvone added that the event coincides with the end of Buddhist Lent and the Boat Racing Festival in Vientiane. This will be an excellent opportunity for Laos and its capital to promote tourism.
More than 2.7 million tourists visited Vientiane last year, with historical and cultural sites and events being the main draw.