Phongsaly’s charms attracting more visitors

The number of visitors to Phongsaly province is rising steadily, with a significant jump from the more than 82,000 people recorded in 2015 to 103,583 visitors in 2016. The province’s tourism section is confident this trend will continue and is predicting at least 110,000 visitors in 2017, more than 118,000 in 2018, and a further jump to more than 126,000 tourists in 2019. In 2008, tourist arrivals numbered just 41,000 and fell to about 37,000 the following year. An upsurge has occurred in the past seven years, with figures reaching about 46,800 in 2010, 47,000 in 2011, and 48,000 in 2012.

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