Vietnam, Indonesia discuss tourism cooperation
Updated : Wednesday, August 01, 2018 3:12 PM (GMT+0700)

VietnameseAssistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Sanh Chau attended a workshop withrepresentatives of Indonesian tourism authorities to discuss ways to promotetourism and share experiences of developing tourism at UNESCO World Heritagesites in Bali on July 30.

A view of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognised World Natural Heritage of Vietnam -
Photo: VNA

Vietnam and Indonesia hadmany similarities in terms of nature, history and social and cultural traits,giving the two countries the ideal conditions to enhance tourism cooperation,officials agreed the meeting.

Chau said that beforearriving in Bali, he had only been aware of its beautiful white sandy beaches,but had come to realise that Bali was a cradle of Hindu culture with therespected traditions and values.

“Bali has an age-old cultureattached to Hinduism”, he said. “Visitors are impressed by the many impressivestatues and temples and carved rich in culture”.

He pointed out some of theproblems Bali faced including traffic jams, a lack of shopping malls, and inadequatetourism products and services.

Chau suggested that localauthorities should invest more in water sports, shopping malls andinfrastructure. “Bali has huge potential thanks to its beautiful landscape anddiversified culture. The tourism industry should be promoted more effectivelyto attract more tourists and increase revenue", he said.

Sharing experience fromdeveloping tourism at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Vietnam, he saiddevelopment and heritage conservation needed to be balanced.

“Proceeds from tourism arespent on staff who work at the sites and on conservation work. We focus onpreservation, and never sacrifice heritage sites for development. We targetsustainable development and protecting traditions”.

“When we repair heritagesites, we work with professional experts from foreign countries to keep thesite as intact as we can. For example, to repair the Hindu temples at theUNESCO-recognised My Son Sanctuary in Quang Nam province, we asked Indianexperts to help us preserve the Hindu characteristics and Italian experts tosupervise the work”.

His remarks were followed bya Q&A session.

Dewa Ayu Laksmiadi, arepresentative from the Bali Government Tourism Office, said last year Balireceived 4 million foreign tourists, mainly from China, Malaysia, the Republicof Korea, Japan and Australia. The Tourism Ministry had set a target ofattracting 7 million foreign tourists to Bali next year, she said.

Laksmiadi said every year,Indonesia’s tourism industry sends delegates to attend international events inVietnam, such as the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) in Hanoi and theInternational Travel Expo (ITE) in Ho Chi Minh City.

She expected more touristsfrom Vietnam to visit Indonesia and vice versa.

Iwayan Wiranata, head of theJatiluwih Tourism Village Management Board, said he appreciated the developmentof the Vietnamese tourism industry.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace whichis very similar to the terraced fields in Vietnam was recognised as a UNESCOWorld Heritage site in 2012 and is a famous tourist destination featuringbreathtaking views of the terraces running from the mountains down to thecoast. 

“I think we can learn a lotfrom Vietnam’s tourism development”, he said.

“Vietnam also boastsbeautiful terraced fields and beaches, but we still want to invite Vietnamesepeople to come and discover the unique culture and traditions of Bali”.


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