VIENTIANE, December 26 (Bern): To prepare for the reopening of tourism from January 1 next year, Laos is piloting a health and hygiene program called LaoSafe in the tourism and hospitality sector in the capital Vientiane, the Vietnamese News Agency (VNA) reported.
This project is led by the country’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism with the support of the Luxembourg and Swiss governments.
LaoSafe includes a series of health and hygiene standards for different sub-sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry, including accommodation providers, food and beverage outlets, airlines , tourist attractions, tour guides and drivers.
Once businesses in Vientiane have been trained and qualified, those in Luang Prabang province will be the next to benefit from the LaoSafe program.
Assessment and certification will begin in January, with a focus on “green” tourist areas, including the capital Vientiane, Luang Prabang and the city of Vang Vieng.
The Lao health ministry reported on Saturday, December 25 that the country had recorded 1,007 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 related deaths in 24 hours. The capital Vientiane recorded the highest number, with 500 cases. The total number of Covid-19 infections in the country now stands at 105,380, including 317 deaths. -Bernama