It’s gonna be safer to eat in Laos

LUANG Prabang is seeing an increasing number of top hotels and restaurants striving for The Mark certification, which ensures eateries meet strict Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) global guidelines for food production and workplace safety and hygiene.

The certification programme was launched in July, and is awarded by the Luang Prabang Safe and Green Tourism Scheme. Four Luang Prabang hotels and restaurants achieved The Mark during the pilot phase.

Paul Burnett, chef and advisor of Lanith International that operates The Mark with support from United Nations Industrial Development Organization and funding from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, will conduct The Mark Information Meeting today at The Balcony restaurant for Luang Prabang Chamber of Commerce members in the hospitality business.

Lanith is also planning an October event in Vientiane.

Amantaka general manager, Gary Tyson, said: “A consistent health and safety standard across the sector is an important step in creating a reassurance that Luang Prabang and Laos can compete on the world stage, as well as in giving peace of mind to discerning clients when dining in Luang Prabang.”

Tyson added that tourists visiting Asia are becoming more concerned with hygiene standards, as a single unsafe meal during a two-to-three-night stay in Luang Prabang can ruin their experience.

Luang Prabang View general manager, John Morris Williams, felt that the certification would entice travel consultants to promote Laos as a destination with environmentally friendly hotels.

“Tourists are now seeking this, and tour consultants love The Mark, as it gives them confidence in promoting Luang Prabang,” he said.

Luang Say Residence general manager, Rodolphe Gay, opined that the certification can have far-reaching impact on Luang Prabang tourism and hospitality, educating hotels and businesses about the importance of reaching international standards for hygiene and safety.

“The certification will also sensitise hospitality suppliers on the importance of hygiene in the (food storage and delivery process)…it will be established as a quality trademark in Luang Prabang,” he added.

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