industry helps raise Vietnam’s image
Nam needs to develop a modern tourism sector, based on its
advantages in nature, culture, geography, politics and
people, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.
Vietnamese tourism must become a key Southeast Asian, Asian
and global destination, he said, addressing the 50th
anniversary of the country’s Industry held in Ha Noi on July
To turn tourism into a key sector, attracting 10-15 million
international visitors and 60 million domestic tourists a
year, a 10-year strategy to develop Viet Nam tourism by 2020
must rapidly be completed, he said.
In the short term, the senior Government official suggested
tourism leaders evaluate the most attractive tourism sites
across the country based on international standards before
upgrading them to meet minimum worldwide criteria.
Fifty years of tourism
Despite its start half a century ago, Vietnamese tourism
only experienced real development from 1978 when the Viet
Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) was
VNAT General Director Nguyen Van Tuan said the number of
international visitors Viet Nam received had increased from
250,000 in 1990 to approximately 4 million in 2009. The
number of domestic tourists also witnessed a sharp rise from
1 million two decades ago to 25 million last year.
Income from tourism reached VND70 trillion (US$3.7 billion)
in 2009, compared to VND1,35 trillion in 1990.
After the global economic slowdown last year, the Vietnamese
tourism sector received 2.5 million foreign visitors, 17
million domestic tourists in the first six months of this
year, earning revenue of about VND 45 trillion ($2.4
The industry now contributed to about 5 per cent of GDP but
its actual contribution to the society was far greater, said
"Wherever tourism is developed, the environment has improved
and local people have better living standards," he said.
The sector now generates more than 400,000 jobs and employs
700,000 people in related services.
"Tourism has created income to restore heritage sites,
revive traditional festivals and craft villages, and helped
other industries to develop," said Tuan.
Viet Nam tourism now ranks 5th among ASEAN countries and
40th in the world.
Tourism policies and mechanisms had been constantly reviewed
in the past 50 years, creating a favourable environment for
the industry to thrive, he said.
From the Tourism Ordinance issued in 1999, the Tourism Law
was passed by the National Assembly in 2005, which meant the
importance of the industry was underlined by an array of
directions, policies and institutions, he said.
VNAT deputy director Nguyen Manh Cuong said Viet Nam tourism
had integrated internationally in both bilateral and
The country had signed 43 international tourism treaties
with countries in the region and globally, many of which
were Viet Nam’s key markets, such as China, South Korea,
Japan, ASEAN, France, Spain, Italy and India, he said.
Vietnamese enterprises had entered partnerships with more
than 1,000 travel agencies in over 60 countries and
By the end of 2009, there were nearly 800 Vietnamese travel
companies operating at an international level, including
about 70 State-owned enterprises, and more than 10,000
others providing inbound tours.
Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News
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