Laos says it will extend visa exemption to all fellow ASEAN members beginning January 1, 2005. Visas are now waived for nationals of its two closest allies, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Lao authorities are confident that the move will increase the number of tourists from the region as well as from around the world.
Laos also says its Plain of Jars in Xieng Khouang province will be accepted as a World Heritage Site in 2006.
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