VietNamNet Bridge - International visitors to Vietnam in January-July 2015 reached 4,398,202 people, down 9.4% from the same period of 2014, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). Vu The Binh, VNAT Deputy Chairman, said that Vietnam's tourism was unable to lift the number of visitors. Apart from the lack of good tourism products, the promotion activities are still outdated. Tourism promotion agencies lack knowledge and experience to organize promotional events abroad that can catch the attention of other countries. Many travel experts and travel firms said the professional work and efficiency of investment in tourism promotion is not good. This is one of the important reasons affecting the number of international visitors to Vietnam. The director of a reputable travel company said many foreigners still think that Vietnam is still outdated as it has just left wartime. The funding for tourism promotion is about VND30 billion ($1.5 million)/year. The … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam’s ineffective tourism promotion due to funding shortage?
VietNamNet Bridge – One of the most popular community-based tourism products in Vietnam is the homestay. “The number of homestays in Vietnam increases rapidly every year, however, most of them are run by local families,” says Duong Binh Minh, a community-based tourism expert. “The quality of local infrastructure and services does not meet international service standards and there is a worrying lack of local awareness and weak coordination between related parties, including local authorities, tourism experts and service providers.” He continues: “This leads to the destruction of the natural landscape plus the business fails to meet customer expectations.” Binh now devotes his life and his considerable tourism expertise to assist the development of community –based tourism all over Vietnam despite retiring from his position as managing director of a tour company two years ago. “Community-based tourism programs have not yet … [Read more...] about Grass roots tourism
Leaders and authorities from eight localities in the northwestern region gathered at a meeting on February 25 to discuss co-operation plans for the 2017 National Tourism Year to be held in Lao Cai province and across the region next year. The EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme (EU-ESRT) provided technical support for the meeting. At the meeting, head of the international advisory group under the EU-ESRT, Mary McKeon, delivered a report on effective implementation of the 2017National Tourism Year, including evaluations on activities during the event proposed by local provinces and practice models in implementing the same event around the world in countries such as Malaysia, the Republic of Korea and Europe. Mary McKeon suggested connecting the central events with sub events and holding at least two international-scale events for each quarter. Experts also advised local authorities to promote the participation of the business … [Read more...] about Preparations for 2017 National Tourism Year discussed
Vietnam will grasp the opportunity to promote the country through famous movies, a tourism official has said. Deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vuong Duy Bien At a press conference to launch filming of the Hollywood movie Kong: Skull Island in Vietnam, which took place at the Hanoi Hotel on February 21, deputy minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vuong Duy Bien, expressed the hope that the country may become a popular destination in the future. "Vietnam's landscapes have been featured in several international films including Indochine, Dien Bien Phu, and The Lover, which were made by French film-makers" Bien said. "And we’ve seen a boom in tourists from Europe, especially France, to these destinations after the films were released." Bien also recalled the recent the success of the film Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass which was shot in Phu Yen Province. The film also brought a rising number of visitors to the province. Bien admitted that though the … [Read more...] about Movie shoots offer tourism marketing potential
Kien Giang (VNA) â The 2016 National Tourism Year was launched in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on February 22 under the theme: âDiscovering the Southern Landâ. On the occasion, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism granted a certificate recognising the U Minh Thuong National Park in Kien Giang province as a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Site). The U Minh Thuong National Park is the 2,228th Ramsar Site in the world and the eighth of its kind in Vietnam, and holds significant biological, cultural and historical value. This also creates a good chance for Kien Giang province to develop eco-tourism and preserve valuable flora and fauna. A ceremony was held the same day to celebrate the 280 th anniversary of Chieu Anh Cac Literary Coterie. The annual festival aims to introduce the tradition, culture and people of Ha Tien town, which is considered a cradle of literature in the southern part of Vietnam. It also includes various art and poetry activities, … [Read more...] about National Tourism Year 2016 announced
Responsible tourism is everyone’s business and the industry has the potential to become the cornerstone of the nation’s economy, says the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). “If developed sustainably, the travel industry has the potential to deliver tax revenue and jobs to every province throughout the nation and become a major driver of the economy,” said VNAT Head Nguyen Van Tuan at a recent conference in Ho Chi Minh City. He said last year travellers spent US$15 billion (VND338,000 billion) in Vietnam, and tourism provided jobs for millions of Vietnamese, which in turn generated millions of dollars in tax revenue for the State, provincial and local governments. Additionally, tourism dollars funded cultural programs throughout the country, enriching local communities and the livelihoods of people residing in them. In terms of the number of travellers, Vietnam logged nearly eight million foreign arrivals in 2015, a modest increase of 0.9% … [Read more...] about Responsible tourism is national priority: official
VietNamNet Bridge - 2015 was the first year in the past six years that the number of international visitors to Vietnam fell, reaching 7.9 million people. In addition to factors from economic fluctuations in the global situation, we can say that Vietnam's tourism needs a judicious investment and development plan. Many experts said that Vietnam has great potential to achieve a higher position on the world tourism map. Desirable advantage Son Doong Cave. Photo: National Geographic According to a report assessing the competitiveness of tourism in 2015 by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Vietnam ranked 75th out of 141 countries and territories and ranked 33rd in the category of natural and cultural resources. Foreign tourists highly appreciated Vietnam for the richness of the scenery, as many people say this is "a nation that has everything": majestic mountains, bustling cities, cultural destinations, wonderful beaches, pristine islands, excellent cuisine ... In 2015 Son Doong Cave was … [Read more...] about How should the gold mine of Vietnam tourism be explored?
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on June 29 presented the Vietnam Tourism Award 2010 to 30 hotels, 20 travel agencies and 15 tourism service enterprises at a ceremony in Hanoi. This year awards went to ten big outbound tourism firms, including Saigontourist, Ben Thanh Tourist, Tan Dinh Tourist, Apex Vietnam, Exotissimo, Vietnam Tourism JS Company in Hanoi and HCM City, Hoa Binh Tourist, Vietravel and Huong Giang Tourism. Ten inbound travel firms also won recognition, including Vitours, Lua Viet, Viet Culture, Youth Tourism, and Hanoitourist. The organizing board also presented an award for the most dynamic and creative travel firm to Young Generation Tourism Company and Oriental Tourism and Trade Co., Ltd. Winning hotels are divided in three groups, including ten five-star groups with Majestic, Melia Hanoi, Renaissance Riverside Saigon, Hanoi Daewoo, InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Vinpearl Resort & Spa and Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay. There are 10 four-star … [Read more...] about Vietnam Tourism Award 2010
Viet 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 6. 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 … [Read more...] about Tourism industry helps raise Vietnam’s image
General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan made the statement at a seminar to introduce the Vietnam - Timeless Charm Tourism Brand Guidelines in Hanoi on December 4. The Vietnam - Timeless Charm Tourism Brand Guidelines, which was developed with support of the EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism (ESRT) Capacity Development Programme and applied in Vietnam tourism promotion programmes worldwide since 2012, includes a five colorful petal lotus and a slogan “Vietnam – timeless charm”. The manual serves as a toolkit to introduce Vietnam’s core tourism assets, including “Time”, “Intensity”, “Mystery” and “Commitment” and four key lines of products, including sea and island, culture, city tour and eco-tourism. It highlights Vietnam as a destination that enables travellers to savor unforgettable moments. Vietnam possesses a mixture of exotic and yet … [Read more...] about Tourism sector focuses on promoting national brand