Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017
Phạm Trung Lương, Associate Professor and former deputy director of the Institute for Tourism Development was recently interviewed by Bnews.vn on ways to turn tourism into an important economic sector. He was asked that what notable success Vietnam tourism sector achieved in 2016. He replied by saying that last year more than 10 million international visitors came to Vietnam for the first time. Domestic travelers reached 60 million last year which generated more than VNĐ 400 trillion (US$17.73 billion) and created 1.7 million jobs opportunities.
And this growth in tourism sector resulted in the developed of other related sectors like transport and commerce as well. In 2016, in terms of global survey of tourism competitiveness, Vietnam tourism ranked 75th place out of 114. With this ranking, the country needs to focus a lot in order to develop and attract more overseas visitors especially through Law on Tourism.
In second question, he was asked the main reasons that worked behind the growth of tourism sector in 2016. He mentioned that the major credit goes to the staffs associated with the industry starting right from developing plan and policies developed by the central government. He also added that all the 63 provinces and cities in the country came up attractive tourism products to lure visitors worldwide.