Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam: Greater Mekong Subregion: Sustainable Tourism Development Project
Tourism’s contribution to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) economy had increased significantly, creating opportunities for economic growth and poverty reduction. However, unmanaged and rapid tourism growth led to tourism concentration and generated undesirable social impacts. In addition, the new transport corridors had not been utilized for tourism purposes. The GMS Tourism Sector Strategy, 2006–2015 identified key approaches for the sustainable development of tourism assets and how to spread their benefits more widely.
The expected impacts of the project were the development of a sustainable, culturally and environmentally sound, pro-poor tourism approach for the GMS; and the preservation of natural and cultural heritage by 2016. The envisaged project outcome was sustainable tourism development that creates livelihood opportunities for the poor.
This report validates the completion report's assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.