The tourism industry which grew over 10% annually over the past 5 years and reached 4.7 arrivals in 2015. It is the fastest growing industry in Laos and has seen a significant growth in the hospitality and F&B industry with a growing number of major hotels in particular in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. In addition, the F&B sector has seen the entry of a number of franchises and many international standard restaurants and cafes. In addition, the Lao economy which grew between 7-8% has doubled since 2006. This has resulted in a growing middle class that demand a wider variety and quality of food & drinks.
The Government has prioritised the tourism industry as a key economic driver and has designated 2018 as VISIT LAOS YEAR. In support of the tourism sector and to create a platform for suppliers to the hospitality and F&B industry to develop business contacts with key decision makers, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Lao Hotel & Restaurant Association will host LAOFOOD+HOTEL 18 – Laos’ 1st Major International Hospitality and Food & Drinks Exhibition at the prestigious National Convention Centre, Vientiane from 7-9 June 2018.