GMS Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth (Loan - Lao PDR)


Project 46293-003
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Type Loan
Sector Industry and Trade
Country Lao PDR
Start 2014
End 2020
Status Ongoing
Last Edited 05 Jul 2021


US$('000) 43,570

Project Description

The project will remove physical and capacity constraints impeding tourism development in Champassak, Khammouane, Luangprabang, and Oudomxay four provinces situated astride the GMS Central Corridor. It will contribute to the creation of 27,000 tourism-related jobs in the Lao PDR by: (i) paving 70 kilometers (km) of rural roads to open new areas for private tourism investment and improve access to markets and social services for 15,000 people; (ii) improving environmental services in areas important for cross-border tourism to reduce public health hazards for 35,000 residents and 2.4 million annual visitors, beginning in 2019; and (iii) facilitating business support services for at least 500 small and medium-sized enterprises.3 The project will strengthen regional cooperation and integration by implementing regional tourism standards, promoting multicountry tour circuits, and supporting structured policy dialogue to reduce nonphysical barriers to travel. The project investment plan is in line with the GMS Tourism Sector Strategy,4 and the government's National Tourism Strategy, 2012 2020.

Progress (as of March 2021)

Ongoing. As of 30 June 2020, over-all progress is 90%. All 4 civil works contracts awarded; road and port improvements in Luang Prabang and Khammouane completed; road improvements in Oudomxay are on- going and scheduled to be completed in Dec 2020. Tourism planning and capacity building activities on-track.


Contact 1
Contact Name Xayyavong, Phoxay
Organization SERD/ADB
Contact 2
Contact Name -
Organization -
Email -

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