Published on : Tuesday, December 5, 2017
The tourism industry of Vietnam is projected to welcome between 17 and 20 million foreign travelers and cater to the needs of 82 million domestic visitors by 2020.
The total revenue from tourism is expected to reach US$35 billion, with a 10% contribution to the nation’s GDP and providing roughly 4 million jobs.
By 2030, Vietnam is anticipated to be among the leading Southeast Asian countries with strong tourism growth, and this would be a key driver of socio-economic development. To reach this target, there is much work to be done.
In the last few years, various kinds of tourism products have been developed in Vietnam for attracting more tourists, for example, homestays, sea and island tourism, craft village tourism and MICE.
Various types of MICE tourism (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) will bring in a high stream of tourism revenue and open up a wealth of opportunities that will drive Vietnam’s socio-economic development.
Ms Tran Thi Viet Huong, Vietravel’s marketing and PR Director, said MICE tourism has attracted attention from international visitors who recognise Vietnam as a safe and friendly destination with a favourable investment environment. Several MICE programs have been organized at varois tourist attractions throughout the country.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) approved a project to develop sea and island tourism by 2020 for welcoming 22 million foreigners and 58 million domestic visitors.
Craft village tourism is also an important attraction of Vietnam, receiving great attention from visitors, especially foreign tourists.
Vietnam has more than 2,000 traditional craft villages, focusing on 11 major fields including textile, wood, lacquer, ceramic, glass, embroidery, rattan, handicraft paper, wood carving, stone carving, copper and silver engraving.
Vietnam has a reputation as a safe and friendly destination. It is known as a peaceful nation with a hospitable smile, synonymous with girls in traditional long dresses, known as Ao Dais, and lotus flowers.