The tourism industry has enjoyed abundant opportunities for growth. The number of foreign arrivals continued to pick up and set new records, said General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan.
Vietnam tourism is growing well
Mr. Tuan reported that since the beginning of 2017, the tourism sector has worked with relevant agencies to conduct a string of activities to advertize and promote tourism.
In the first nine months, the sector continued to make impressive growth rate in which the number of foreign and domestic arrivals saw a year-on-year increase of 30% and 10%, respectively.
In the January-September period, the country handled 9.45 million foreigners and 57.9 million domestic guests. Tourism revenue hit VND 376 trillion, representing a year-on-year growth of 26.5%.
The General Director attributed the outcomes to great efforts of travel agents which served as a bridge to connect and brings tourists to Vietnam.
In the rest of the year, the tourism industry will try to fulfill the preset goal of welcoming 13 million foreign tourists.
As of September, 2017, Vietnam had 1,780 international travel agents which have played their great role in welcoming 9.45 million foreign guests. However, the tourism industry has to spare no effort to help with realizing the preset goal of the 6.7% GDP growth pace.
Nevertheless, tourism experts noticed that in Q3, in spite of high growth pace, the recent devastating floods impacted the business performance. Hence, in the rest of the year, tourism business units have to welcome 3.7 million foreign guests, equivalent to 1.2-1.3 million each month.
The General Director announced that tourism revenue was forecasted to pick up 7.3%, touching VND 346,201 billion in 2017 and 6% in the next ten years, about VND 619,735 billion by 2027.
Consumption of domestic guests was projected to expand 7.9%, reaching VND 184,863 billion in revenue in 2017 and grow up 6.4%, touching VND 368,679 billion by 2027.
Vietnam strives to lure more tourists from APEC members
APEC 2017 that took place from November 6 -11 in the central city of Da Nang is considered an ideal occasion for Vietnam to intensify tourism dissemination, contributing to attracting more foreign visitors to the country. Many localities have made greater efforts to grasp the opportunity to make full use of APEC tourism markets.
These Singaporean tourists are going for a tour around Ho Chi Minh City’s popular attractions, including the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and the Central Post Office.
Vietnam is seeing an upward trend in the number of tourists coming from APEC member economies in recent years. APEC comprises 21 member economies, accounting for over 60 percent of foreign tourists to the city.
As host of APEC 2017, Vietnam’s tourism sector is grasping a chance to promote the country’s tourism potential.
“Currently, there are not many direct flights connecting Da Nang to big cities in the world, therefore tourists still have to fly to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,” said Tran Doan The Duy, Vietravel Company’s Deputy General Director. According to him, it is also considered a good opportunity for Ho Chi Minh City.
APEC includes many demanding markets such as Japan, the Republic of Korea, the US, Singapore, Canada, among others. Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector and travel companies are required to invest more in improving the quality of tours, tourism products, infrastructure and services in order to serve those markets.
Tran The Dung, Deputy General Director of Fiditour Company said The country has made efforts to attract more tourists, including the provision of online visa for visitors from three APEC members.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department said it is necessary to pay attention not only to promoting tourism market, but also to accessing tourism technology and developing tourism infrastructure.
Ho Chi Minh City welcomed 5.2 million international tourists last year. The city aims to welcome 6 million visitors this year and 11 million in 2020.
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