2018 – Successful year for Vietnam’s tourism industry
Updated : Tuesday, January 01, 2019 3:29 PM (GMT+0700)

The arrival of the 15millionth foreign visitor of 2018 in Ha Long city, in the northern province ofQuang Ninh, marks a successful year for the tourism industry.

A corner of Van Don island district of Quang Ninh province - Photo: VNA

This year, the country is estimated to serve some 15.5million-15.6 million foreign tourists and 80 million domestic travellers,generating 620 trillion VND (26.66 billion USD) in tourism revenue.

The number of international tourist arrivals surgedthree-fold from 5 million in 2010 to over 15 million in 2018. The remarkablegrowth reflects the great efforts made by all players in the sector,particularly the large network of local travel agencies and strategic tourisminvestors nationwide.

The success has also been attributed to the large-scale andintensified efforts of tourism authorities to promote the country overseas. Toaid such efforts, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) hasadopted a system of indicators to evaluate a destination and a tourism code ofconduct; designed various plans to strengthen the management of travel agenciesand tour guides; and raised awareness of the importance of quality amongtourism service providers, local administrations, and tourism authorities.

According to the VNAT, to meet the demands of visitors fromdifferent markets, Vietnam has developed a diverse range of tourism productsthat make use of the country’s advantages, including cultural tours, sea-basedtours, eco-tours, adventure tours, luxurious resort vacations, and more.

In recent years, a range of popular holiday destinations likeHa Long, Phu Quoc, and Da Nang have helped develop the popular imagery ofVietnam, promoting the national tourism among international visitors andbecoming the main drivers of the industry’s growth.

Also this year, the country has won a series of internationalawards, recognising it as a safe and friendly destination. Vietnam was namedthe “Asia’s Leading Destination” for the first time at the 2018 World TravelAwards in Hong Kong this September. Two months later, it was honoured with thetitle of “Asia’s best golf destination in 2018” at the Golf World TravelAwards.

In 2019, Vietnam expects to welcome some 103 millionvisitors, including around 18 million foreigners and 85 million domestictravellers, up 15 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from 2018.

Early December, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved theestablishment of a state-run tourism development fund, worth about 300 billionVND (12.9 million USD), which will be used for building plans, financingtourism promotion activities, and boosting the tourism growth.

The PM has also given nod to a project which looks torestructure the industry in an attempt to turn it into a spearhead economicsector and make Vietnam one of the most developed tourism nations in SoutheastAsia.

The project has set a target of 45 billion USD in tourismrevenue by 2025, with exports through tourism reaching 27 billion USD.

The sector is hoped to contribute more than 10 percent to GDPand create 6 million jobs, including 2 million direct jobs. At the same time,it expects to serve 32 million foreign tourists and more than 130 milliondomestic visitors in 2025.

Source: VNA

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