More than 146,000 tourists have visited Laos' ancient royal capital city, Luang Prabang, during the first six month of the 2005-06 development year, an increase of 6% from the same period a year before. Over 85,000 were foreigners. The tourists brought in an income of more than US$20 million to the business and service industries sector of the city which is a World Heritage site.
Luang Prabang provincial governor tell VOA that in order to attract tourists, his province has put every efforts in developing the tourism sector and has increased investment funding for tourism development. The World Heritage site now has 17 hotels and 146 guesthouses to accommodate tourists, as well as 109 tourist sites.
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