Vietnam international tourism fair opens in Hanoi
Updated : Friday, March 30, 2018 8:24 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyPrime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the State Steering Committee on Tourism, cutthe ribbon to kick start the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2018 inHanoi on March 29.

At the opening ceremony - Photo: VNA

He said tourism is expectedto be an economic spearhead in the coming time to forge links between peoplefrom different countries and increase their solidarity, friendship and mutualunderstanding.

Tourism potential in Vietnamremains extremely huge and the Southeast Asian country hopes to join hands withother economies in the region and around the world to further promote tourismin the future.

The success of the tourismsector in Vietnam and other countries over the past time was attributed toopen-door policies, Dam said.

Besides enterprises, peoplein each country have more deeply engaged in tourism development, serving astourism ambassadors introducing the beauty of their land, people and culture tointernational friends, he added.

He called on people ofVietnam and other countries to coordinate to boost sustainable tourismdevelopment, contributing to developing a peaceful, stable and cooperativeenvironment.

The VITM 2018 was held bythe Vietnam Tourism Association under the theme “Online tourism – Vietnam movestowards Industry 4.0”, drawing over 670 travel businesses, hotels, tourismservices and promotion centres from 21 countries and territories.

Forty-five out of the 63cities and provinces across Vietnam are participating in the fair.

The event features a forumon online tourism, a symposium on preservation and development of Vietnamesetraditional food, and a seminar on start-up in tourism.

At the fair, travel agenciesand airlines launched a number of promotion programmes to increase the numberof domestic and international tourists.

The VITM 2017 contributedroughly 220 billion VND (9.5 million USD) to the national tourism promotionprogramme, which is projected to go up in this year’s event.

The tourism fair will rununtil April 1.


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