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Nam Ha Ecoguide Service finalist for the Equator Prize 2006.
The Nam Ha Ecoguide Service has been chosen by the Equator Initiative’s Technical Advisory Committee as one of 25 outstanding finalists for the Equator Prize 2006.
The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, civil society, business, governments and communities to help build the capacity and raise the profile of grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
The 2006 Jury has the challenging task of selecting five winning initiatives that represent the most outstanding community efforts to reduce poverty and conserve biodiversity in the equatorial belt. Winners will be announced on World Environment Day, on 5 June 2007.
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Lao Ecotourism Forum
The Lao National Tourism Administration is organizing the 2007 Lao Ecotourism Forum in Vientiane from 26-29 July 2007. The Forum will bring together and display the highest quality and most innovative ecotourism products and services on offer in Laos and the Mekong Region. Registration for the event opens on 1 March 2007. [More]

Laos as a booming ecotourism destination

According to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Lao PDR attracted 1.09 million visitors in year 2005 and is predicted to have a strong 27% growth rate in international tourist arrivals between 2006 and 2008. [more]