Once tourism has been determined as the sharp-edged economic sector
Updated : Monday, July 10, 2017 2:17 PM (GMT+0700)

After 57 years of forming and developing (July 9th, 1960 - July 9th, 2017), Vietnam tourism sector has shown considerable progresses and quickly narrowing the gaps with the tourism sector of other regional countries, making positive contributions to the process of renovation and international integration. Tourism has been determined as the nation’s sharp-pointed economic sector by the State and Party.

Tourists having photos taken at Da Dia Reef

In comparison with other economic sectors, Vietnam tourism sector has been assessed as the sector with great potentials for development. Reality has shown that from 2000 to now, tourism sector has achieved progressive developments, contributing a lot of the nationwide GDP. The growth rate of international tourist number is 10.2% annually, domestic tourist number at 11.8%/year. In 2016, the number of international tourists was 10 million, more than 4.3 times as high as the year 2011; domestic tourist number was 62 million, an increase of 5.3 times against the year 2001; making direct contributions of 6.8% of GDP, also, indirectly, spreading 14% of GDP. Infrastructure for tourism and technique is getting much better. The types of products and services are more plentiful and diversified. The quality and professionalism is being gradually enhanced. The force of tourism enterprises is getting stronger both in quality and quantity, forming some prestigious brand names both domestically and internationally. Firstly form some focal regions and zones for tourism.

Tourism development has been contributing to shifting economic structure and at-the-spot export; preserving and developing cultural heritage values, natural resources; creating lots of job opportunities, improving people’s life; enhancing the process of international integration, advertising the images of land and people in Vietnam.

As for Phu Yen, in the recent 5 years, there has been progressive development in tourism sector, which has gradually formed the “brand name” of tourism-an attractive and friendly destination”.

Apart from the official correspondences of the Party, Government that open up policies and regimes for tourism development in general, Phu Yen provincial Party Committee has also issued the Action Plan numbered 05 dated April 26th, 2016 on “investing to develop and turn tourism into the province’s significant economic sector of the province in the period of April 26th, 2020”. According to Mr. Phan Dinh Phung, PPC vice chairman cum Head of the directive Board for developing Phu Yen tourism, action plan numbered 5 of the provincial Party committee has marked a significant turning-point in the provincial tourism sector, one change in awareness to action, giving the top priority to tourism before the development of tourism.

Implementing this action plan, the PPC, Phu Yen tourism sector has concreted into the plans, action plans with concrete tasks and solutions in each phase. Among which, 7 key solution groups include: attach attention to the task of scheming, planning, regimes for investing to develop tourism; investing essential infrastructure at the relics and tourism zones; investing to enhance tourism product quality, forming some products bearing the features of Phu Yen; forming local tourism destinations and itineraries (pursuant to Tourism law) and forming the tourism routes with other localities; enhancing the task of promoting investment, advertising tourism, constructing brand name “Phu Yen-an attractive and friendly destination”; enhancing the quality of human resources working in tourism sector; enhancing the tasks of checking and supervising all the conditions, under the stipulations of Tourism law and instructive official correspondences.  

The outstanding result is that in the year 2016, Phu Yen received nearly 1.2 million tourists, surpassing the assigned targets. The infrastructure serving tourism has been gradually invested, forming the particular tourism products, gradually constructing and advertising the tourism brand name “Phu Yen-an attractive and friendly destination”. As for the first 6 months of 2017, the tourism sector has achieved some impressive figures. Mr. Pham Van Bay, vice director of Phu Yen department of culture-sport-tourism, lets known: from the beginning of the year up to now, Phu Yen tourism sector has received about 695,000 tourists, reaching 58% of the year plan, an increase of 19.5% against the same period of 2016, and this includes 16,500 international tourists, a reduction of 41.8% against the same period last year. The entire province currently has 138 units doing business in tourism accommodation services with 2,837 rooms, an increase of 187 rooms against the same period last year; among which there are 500 rooms meeting the standard of 3 to 5 stars.

Source: Phu Yen Newspaper

Translated by HAI LOAN

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