Laos, Vietnam Sign Tourism Cooperation Agreement:
Laos and Vietnam signed an agreement on 1 September at the National Culture Hall in Vientiane to continue cultural exchanges and tourism cooperation to strengthen relations between the two nations.
Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT) Prof Dr Bosengkham Vongdara and Vietnam's Minister of Culture, Sport, and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh signed the agreement, under which Laos and Vietnam will collaborate on plans for culture, art, and tourism from 2012-2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Laos-Vietnam diplomatic relations (1962-2012).
The two nations will hold joint tourism weeks and promote culture exchanges, which will include a visit from 60 Lao ministry officials to Vietnam and encourage people to learn about each other's culture and lifestyle.
Vietnam Culture Week took place in Vientiane from 29 August to 4 September and will be held again in 2014 to celebrate the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.