Published on : Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Vietnam is now aiming a larger inflow of Indian tourists, who are yet to show the needed interest in this far eastern country as they do in the case of its neighbors like Thailand and Malaysia.
Nguyen Le Thanh, deputy chief of mission at Vietnam Embassy said that 20 million Indians travel overseas every year, while only 90,000 of them visit Vietnam.
“India has a very important place in our foreign policy and we have a comprehensive strategic partnership. The bonding will strengthen further with more people to people contact and this can be boosted through tourism,” Le Thanh said.
There is, however, no direct flight to any Vietnamese destination from Indian cities.
Thanh said that the first direct air service between Vietnam’s most populous city Ho Chi Minh City and New Delhi is expected to commence by the last quarter of this financial year.
She said that Vietnam has seen a rapid rise in tourist inflow from the other parts of the world with an average 25 to 30 per cent increase in numbers every year.
Thanh said that Vietnam has a great heritage with a 4000-year-old history.
With a very long coastline, the S-shaped country has 125 beaches including the popular Nha Trang, Da Nang and Phu Quoc Island, Le Thanh said.
She said that Vietnam is peaceful and safe with friendly people and boasts of an exquisite cuisine.