Top 10 List: Laos

To celebrate the new year, I’m looking to the future in a positive way with my Top 10 list of countries which we expect to hear a good deal in the coming year.

Laos is one of the shinning gems in Asia. We’re paying attention thanks to the good work of three-time winner of’s very own Spotlight Award, Ecotourism Laos. This is an official site of the Lao National Tourism Administration and a sterling example of how governments can raise attention of community endeavors, environmental conservation and ecotourism. Another inspiration is the Xe Pian National Protected Area with its gamut of community tours.

What we’d like to see: On top of our wishlist for Laos is more integrated use of Web 2.0. Leaders have shown they can commit to rural tourism and marketing, but so far, the information I’ve come across is a bit staid. In 2010 we’d like to see more dynamic use of Flickr and YouTube from locals and visitors. Suggestions are always welcome.

Call for photos: Ecotourism Asia

YOUR TURN – What are you favorite things about Laos?

2009 Ecotourism Spotlight Award Winner

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