Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 15

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HANOI -- Vietnam's tourism authority and northern provincial people's committee of Lang Son held a ceremony on Wednesday to welcome the first batch of Chinese tour groups in three years since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tour groups of 120 Chinese travellers were greeted at the Huu Nghi International Border Gate with beautiful gifts and traditional art performances. (Vietnam-China-Tourists)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong saw 1.46 million visitors last month, exceeding the monthly one-million mark for the first time since February 2020, as the share of tourists continued to grow, official data showed Wednesday.

The number of Chinese mainland visitors jumped to more than 1.1 million in February, up from 280,000 in the previous month, according to data from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). (Hong Kong-Tourism-Visitors)

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PHNOM PENH -- A Cambodian senior official on Wednesday called on companies and enterprises to attend the 20th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO), to be held on Sept. 16-20 in Nanning, capital city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Speaking at the 20th CAEXPO promotion conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodian Ministry of Commerce's secretary of state Chhuon Dara said the expo would be a great opportunity to promote Cambodian products to Chinese and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets. (Cambodia-China-ASEAN-Expo)

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KATHMANDU -- Tourism professionals in Nepal have been elated these days as their country was included lately on a second list of 40 destinations by China for group tours from Wednesday.

"We had been waiting for this news for long," a smiling Kishore Raj Pandey, chairman of Saathi Nepal Travel and Tours, told Xinhua. (Nepal-China-Tourists)

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VIENTIANE -- The Laos-China Railway Co., Ltd. (LCRC) on Wednesday launched its ticketing mobile application, allowing passengers to easily book and manage their journeys on smartphones.

The launch of the LCR Ticket mobile application adds to the comfort and efficiency of the passengers' journey, marking the China-Laos railway's official entry into the era of online ticket sales, according to a press release from the LCRC. (Laos-China-Online Ticketing) Enditem

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