Excellent tourism businesses honoured

Leading tourism businesses were honoured at the event (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam Tourism Association (VTA) held
a ceremony in Hanoi on July 8 to honour leading tourism businesses in 2017.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
granted the Vietnam Tourism Awards to 91 organisations, businesses and
individuals who made active contributions to the development of tourism in

The recipients include travel agents, tourism
accommodation providers, passenger transport service suppliers, restaurants,
and airlines.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh
Vinh Ai, Chairman of the the VTA said the award was launched in 1999 with a
view to increasing the quality and innovation of tourism businesses.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu
Duc Dam urged the tourism sector to work more to reach or surpass the yearly
growth target of 15 percent and welcome 11.5 million international tourists in

The Politburo promulgated Resolution No.8-NQ/TW
in January 2017 developing tourism into a spearhead economy.

In June 2017, the National Assembly adopted the
revised Law on Tourism, which will come into effect on January 1, 2018, to pave
the way for the development of tourism.

Last year, Vietnam set a new record of receiving
10 million visitors, up 26 percent. The total tourism revenue in 2016 was 400
trillion VND (17.6 billion USD), accounting for 6.8 percent of the country’s gross
domestic product (GDP).

The number of international visitors to Vietnam
in the first five months of 2017 was estimated at 5.25 million, a year-on-year
surge of 29.6 percent.

The country is expected to see 17-20 million
international visitors and 82 million domestic visitors, and tourism is
expected to account for 10 percent of the GDP by 2020. The tourism revenue is
forecast to touch 35 billion USD by that time.

Vietnam is also striving to become one of
Southeast Asia’s leading travel destinations by 2030.-VNA

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