As the Deputy Director General of the Tourism Development Department in the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICT) in Lao PDR, I have participated in several initiatives with international stakeholders. In my position, I have personally seen the great challenges, but also opportunities, to increase public-private collaboration in the development of the tourism sector in Lao PDR.
Swisscontact specifically tackles this challenge and acts as a facilitator to support and build up a national Destination Management Network structure. With Swisscontact’s support I have been able to define the structure and formation of the Destination Management Network (DMN), defining roles and responsibilities in the network and building up the capacity of MICT officials to lead and coordinate taskforces, DMN meetings and activities.
Through these joint efforts and successful collaboration, now all stakeholders from public and notably the private sector have taken part in the strategy planning and are enabled to implement a shared vision for progress in the tourism sector of Lao PDR.
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