(KPL) The Lao National Television on Dec 31 announced the winners of Outstanding Media Works Contest 2018 designed to encourage media contribution to promoting Visit Laos Year 2018.
The award is to honour media works namely news articles, documentaries, audio stories, video clips and travel information books which highlight well-known tourist attractions, culture and lifestyles of Lao multi-ethnic people.
The contest, the first of its kind, drew 282 entries including 141 news articles, 64 features, 23 audio clips, 18 video clips and 36 books.
The award winning media works included Simply beautiful campaign pushes visitor attractions in Luang Prabang by Ms Silada Souliyong of the Vientiane Times, Big Rice Pile of Xayaboury Impresses Visitorsby Mr khamphout Thepphanomof the Lao Phatthana Daily, From War-torn Town to Tourist Attraction by Mr Khamheuang Khampaseurth of the Pasason Newspaper, and Xiengkhuan: Garden of Charm by Mr Lam-ngeun Keovichith of the Lao News Agency.
The contest aims to encourage local media to unveil attractive destinations in the Lao PDR to domestic and foreign visitors using media means, either conventional media like newspaper and radio, television or new media like the internet, social media. These include beautiful or hidden tourist sites, natural, historical and cultural; and lifestyles and traditions of Lao people, said Vice President of the Lao Journalists’ Association and Director General of Lao News Agency, Mr Sounthone Khanthavong.
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara has placed the annual number of foreign visit arrivals in the Lao PDR for 2018 at around 4 million, which is around one million behind the target of 5.2 million the government announced in October 2017 when it launched Visit Laos Year 2018.
The minister has attributed the shortfall in achieving high number of foreign visitors at unprecedented natural disasters in most parts of the country and a tourism slowdown from neighbouring countries.
Source: Lao News Agency