HANOI, September 3 The growth rate of tourism in Vietnam is slowing this year according to the Vietnam National Tourism Administration.
The VNAT, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, held a conference last weekend to discuss ways to attract more international tourists despite signs of slowing down in the first seven months of the year. year.
According to VNAT vice president Ha Van Sieu, international tourists coming have increased dramatically, from 7.9 million in 2015 to 15.5 million in 2018 (+ 195%), an average growth rate of 25% per year.
Vietnam’s tourism industry is accustomed to high growth rates which are more than four times the World Tourism Organization’s global average growth rate of 5.8% per year and 6.1% for the Asia region. and Pacific.
In the first seven months, the country has had to cope with 9.8 million international tourist arrivals, an increase of 7.9% from the same period last year. Not a trend that makes tourism managers happy.
In the seven months of 2018, the growth rate was 25.4% compared to 2017.
Vietnam is grappling with the same problem that Thailand is facing. The Chinese tourism market is in decline due to a sluggish economy, which is reflected in the decline in the number of tourists visiting Thailand, the United States, Australia and many other destinations around the world.
Speaking at the conference, Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien said that tourist poles such as Ha Noi, Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa should find solutions to increase the number of international tourists.
“They will have to strengthen tourism promotions, maintain the number of international visitors from the Chinese, Korean and Japanese markets as well as other European markets,” he warned.
Danang City People’s Committee vice chairman Le Trung Chinh said the city “is developing environmentally friendly tourism, green tourism and sustainable growth.” Other senior officials stressed the need to maintain flexible visa policies, eVisas and online payments. “
At the end of the conference, VNAT President Nguyen Trung Khanh stressed the importance for airlines to expand their air links to Europe, the United States and India.
“The opening of direct flights connecting Vietnam to North East and South East Asia; expansion of roads to some secondary cities in China, Japan and South Korea; the signing of a new cooperation with partners in the Australian, Indian, European and American markets are important developments.
He also recommended that the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB) open Vietnamese tourism promotion offices in the UK and Australia.
VNAT focused on core priorities to encourage stronger growth.
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Local state management bodies should cooperate with airlines, purchasing. shopping centers, entertainment areas, hotels and tour operators to promote tourism.
Focus on developing new products and implementing joint promotions.
Airlines continue to open new routes to key markets.
Improve the reputation of the destination and the quality of service, ensure the protection of the environment.