Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Soukkasuem debriefs press on achievements of World Ecotourism Conference 2009 The United Nations World Ecotourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) and the International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and 300 participants from the public, private and non-governmental sectors from 30 countries met at the World Ecotourism Conference 2009, hosted by Lao National Tourism Administration in Vientiane for a three days, 15-17 July.
Mr. Soukkasuem Phothisan, Vice-President of Lao National Tourism Administration said at the press conference in Vientiane on 28 July that this conference affirms that the mainstream sustainable tourism principles, processes and practices of all aspects of tourism initiatives, management, development, interpretation, program plans, policies, projects, proposals, propositions, strategies, system and undertakings can adequately meet the challenges of the Energy-Climate Era, while at the same time take steps to respect our cultural and civilized heritage.
Touching on synergies and private-public sector partnership, he reckoned that such a tie-up would be useful to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
Regarding the value of tourism products and services, he said that the attempt to measure and evaluate its effectiveness should consider the bottom line or profits, while at the same time take into consideration the competitive factor.
He also said that academics are playing an important role in tourism as they teach tourism to the tourism officers, touching on subjects like sustainable tourism and other principles.

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