Top Vietnamese tourism firms honoured
Updated : Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:05 PM (GMT+0700)

Aceremony was held in Hanoi on July 9 to honour the top Vietnamese travelbusinesses and to present the Vietnam Tourism Awards 2018 to enterprises thatsignificantly contributed to the growth of Vietnamese tourism.

 
Overview of the ceremony - Photo: VNA

The event, which celebratedthe 58th founding anniversary of the Vietnamese tourism sector, wasattended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and representatives from variousministries, sectors, the Vietnam Travel Association and many travel firms.

Addressing the ceremony,Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said that over thepast 58 years, tourism activities have grown, attracting an increasing numberof foreign tourists.

In the recent three years,the number of international visitors has grown 30 percent, reaching nearly 13million in 2017 from 8 million in 2015. Its revenue in the year exceeded 510trillion VND (21.93 billion USD), accounting for nearly 8 percent of thecountry’s GDP, he noted.

In 2018, the sector aims toserve 16 million foreign and 82 million domestic tourists, said the minister,adding that Vietnam had the world’s sixth fastest growing tourism sector andAsia’s fastest last year.

The minister highlighted thecontributions by the business community to making Vietnam an attractive andcompetitive tourist destination.

This year, the VietnamTourism Awards were presented to 10 leading travel firms, 15 top five-starhotels, 15 top four-star hotels, 15 passenger automobile carriers, 10 toprestaurants for tourists, 10 shops, five tourism areas, 10 leading golf coursesand five top tourism investors.

At the ceremony, theorganizing board also announced 12 winners of a writing contest on Vietnamesetourism, which was launched from October 2017.

“I Love Vietnam” - a specialprize for foreigners with best writing work on Vietnamese tourism – waspresented to Lana O’Sullivan from the US.

Source:VNA

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