Champassak province of Laos welcomed over 300,000 foreign tourists in 2010, of which the number of Vietnamese visitors sharply increased compared to the previous percentage.

This was a good translation of the cooperative agreement signed in 2009 by the Champassak Tourism Association (CTA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association, CTA Chairman Somleth Phosalath said on July 18.

The rise is mostly attributed to the introduction of package tours, the improvement in transport routes, capacity and quality of the tourism sectors of both sides, she said.

She expressed her hope that the resumption of the Vientiane – Pakse - Ho Chi Minh City flight in January, 2011 would help to increase the number of Vietnamese arrivals, including those from Ho Chi Minh City, to Champassak province./.