Vietnam needs apt tourism policies to unlock its $35b potential

Published on : Friday, July 21, 2017

vietnamIn a conference, tourism experts of Vietnam discussed certain measures aimed to eliminate complexities with a view to unlock the US$35 billion industry, to prepare for the second Viet Nam Private Sector Forum (VPSF) that would be hosted in Ha Noi at the end of this month.


The head of the working group on tourism of VPSF named Tran Trong Kien said that promotion was necessary to boost tourism that was not paid much attention to.


Kien also mentioned that Vietnam had spent about $2 million for promoting tourism that represented a modest figure if compared with other nations in the region.


Furthermore, Vietnam requires developing a sustainable tourism industry that would urge more tourists to return to this fascinating country.


Kien feels that openness should be encouraged on investments and visa policies to strengthen the tourism infrastructure of the country. Hoang Nhan Chinh who is the general secretary of the tourism industry of VPSF said that visa policies should aim to come up with favorable conditions for foreign tourists.


Chinh proposed to extend the visa exemption period to 30 days from the commencement of the third quarter of this year.


Apart from that, visa exemption should also be granted to tourists from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada. The tourists from these regions are known to spend as much as $1,200 per person. Chinh also added that these six nations are currently granted visa exemption by 170 countries.


Vietnam must also think about offering e-visas to foreigners entering the nation, feels Chinh.


Vu The Binh who is the deputy president of Vietnam Tourism Association said that the region should ensure that its visa policies embrace more openness. Binh also said that a fund was established to support tourism development in the country.


Nguyen Quoc Ky, general director of Vietravel said that the tourism industry of the region would generate $35 billion and create an overwhelming two million jobs for the economy by the year 2020. Therefore, the country deserves a fair amount of investment by the government with an aim to bring about greater development.


In the initial half of 2017, Vietnam had welcomed 6.2 million foreign tourists rising by over 30% over the same period last year.

2017 VPSF would be discussing three key sectors of Vietnam including tourism, digital economy and agriculture.


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