17 Sep 2012
In a bid to reach new goals, tourism leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) said they are considering minimising the issuance of visas to a single tourist visa to visit the four countries.
Speaking at a CLMV conference in Ho Chi Minh last week, Tourism Ministers from the four countries reached a state of cooperation, agreeing to work together to attract up to 25 million international visitors into the region by 2015, Saigon Daily reported.
As a means of reaching the new goal, the four countries said they would consider combining tourist visas for international visitors hoping to tour the Indochina region.
As well as covering the Mekong sub-region, the visa would also include Cambodia’s current tourism partner, Thailand.
Pleased with the “impressive development” of tourism negotiations, Minister Tuan Anh told media that combined, the four countries saw 12.3 million international travellers visit the region, a growth of 14.5 percent on 2010.
The Minister said as well as combining visas, the four Ministers were also looking towards creating new plans to increase information exchange across the four countries and develop new tourism products.