The Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) on December 14 held a tourism-culture festival, aiming to promote cooperation between the two countries in this sector.
The meeting of two Ministers of Culture
Addressing the event, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien expressed his belief that apart from enhancing bilateral cultural and tourism ties, the festival will boost the strategic cooperative partnership between Vietnam and the RoK. The official also voiced his hope that the number of Korean tourists to Vietnam will increase in 2018.
Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tu highlighted the fruitful political ties and cultural similarities shared by the two countries, which, he said, have helped promote business, cultural and tourism links.
At the opening ceremony, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism introduced famous landscapes in Vietnam and major tourism events to be held in the country next year.
In 2016, Vietnam welcomed more than 1.5 million RoK tourists, a surge of 38.7 percent year on year. Over 1.93 million RoK visitors traveled to Vietnam in the first 10 months of 2017, up 53.9 percent over the same period of 2016. The figure is likely to reach 2 million in the whole year.
RoK tourists are the second largest foreign visitor group in Vietnam, only after Chinese. Can pledged that he will work hard to contribute to the promotion of Vietnamese tourism and forge stronger tourism partnership between Vietnam and the RoK.
On the occasion, Thien handed over the decision to appoint Ly Xuong Can, a descendant of King Ly Thai To – the first king of the Ly dynasty (1010-1225), as Vietnam’s tourism ambassador to the RoK for 2017-2020. Ly Xuong Can (Lee Chang Kun in Korean), is the 31st generation offspring of King Ly Thai To (974-1028). He was born in the RoK and naturalized in Vietnam in 2010. He has become a member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee since 2014. Can has been the President of the Vietnam-Korean fork culture association that he formed in 1994 with an aim to foster friendship between the two peoples.
A banquet was held following the opening ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (December 22). On December 13, Thien met with RoK Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan in Seoul.
The two sides agreed to intensify cultural, sport and tourism cooperation in order to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between their people. The Korean side pledged to share its experience with Vietnam in areas of its strength like archery, shooting, taekwondo and e-sports.
They agreed to ask their airlines to open more routes from the RoK to tourist destinations in Vietnam and increase the frequency of flights, while organising tourism promotion programmes.
Vietnam urged the RoK to hold more training courses on the Korean tourism market and Korean language for Vietnamese tour guides.
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