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Projects

Economically strong regions through sustainable tourism

The objective of the project is to introduce new models for promoting localities that involve the social, environmental, and economic needs of local populations while creating additional income and jobs.
Despite high and sustained economic growth, Laos remains one of the UN’s “Least Developed Countries” – one third of the population lives below the poverty line. The project creates jobs and income opportunities in the tourism sector, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

The Project

Swisscontact is applying an approach by which local actors can participate actively in developing the tourism sector with increasing flows of tourists. This approach not only considers economics, but also social and environmental factors: natural beauty is to be highlighted and protected; the local population must benefit from economic growth. Promoting the important tourism area of Champasak lies at the heart of our efforts.
Through targeted trainings, tourism SMEs will improve the quality of services they offer, thereby enhancing their competitiveness. At the same time, the project is further developing the range of available services and activities. To this we can add new products and attractions, which we develop together with our local partners. By becoming a more attractive destination, international guests will stay for longer periods and also spend more money in the process.
Marketing initiatives that consider the needs of various participants in the tourism sector constitute an important project component. Actors in the sector are empowered to reach out through the various market channels directly to target groups specifically important to them.

Results

Expected results


A new model for the sustainable promotion of tourism destinations and strengthening institutions, structures, and processes inherent in destination management.

  • 304 tourism SMEs increase their competitiveness, thus earnings
  • 123 small and medium enterprises offering new products to select visitor flows or improving their existing portfolios
  • 307 tourism SMEs working with the destination management strategy and using the tools and channels developed for their own marketing activities
  • 127 companies gain access to training to improve the quality of service