With the official opening of China-Laos Railway, a landmark, high quality project under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese tech firms are tapping into digital cooperation opportunities between the two countries made possible by the mega infrastructure achievement that are increasing the Southeast Asian country's ability to attract investment, create new jobs and accelerate economic growth.
One such example is a WeChat mini-program called "Traveling China-Laos Railway", developed by Yunnan Tengyun Information Industry Co, which was launched on Tuesday, aiming to create a dedicated online transnational tourism service platform for travelers along the China-Laos railway route, according to a report by yunnan.cn.
The mini-program includes translation and health code functionality, and not only provides services targeting rail passengers, but also acts as a platform for cultural and tourism resources in the areas along the route.
With the opening of the new rail link, Laos' tourism industry is expected to benefit greatly from a stable source of passenger traffic.
Consul general of Laos in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan Province, noted his high-hopes for the program, saying such app could actively promote the rich tourism resources of Laos and China, help deepen the tourism cooperation between the two countries, and contribute to the economic and social development of both nations.
The consulate will also provide support for future cooperation between Yunnan Tengyun and digital firms based in Laos.
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