Online tourism development – an inevitable trend in Vietnam

Visitors in Hoi An ancient town (Source: VNA)


HCM City (VNA) – The development of online tourism in
Vietnam is an inevitable trend as the non-smoking industry is strongly affected
by technological advances.

The view was shared by almost of delegates attending the
Online Tourism Day 2017 held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 5.

Pham Thanh Cong, a representative of Nielsen
Vietnam, said global consumers, including those in Vietnam, now tend to use
smart phones and tablets to shop online instead of traditional shopping
methods.

Meanwhile, tourism is one of the sectors with
products drawing most interest from consumers, he noted, adding that due
attention to the promotion of tourism images and services on the internet will
create considerable effects.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association
Vu The Binh said while foreign online tourism websites such as Angola.com and
Booking.com are dominating in Vietnam, domestic firms have just began to pay
attention to this market share with the appearance of such websites as
ivivu.com and gotadi.com.

Many participants said close coordination among
agencies as well as financial and policy support to domestic businesses are necessary
to improve the competitiveness of local online tourism firms.

Vu Quoc Tri, Chief of Office of the Vietnam
National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), unveiled that the VNAT has suggested
the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism build a circular on e-commerce transactions
in the tourism industry in order to create legal conditions for online tourism
business activities.

The first-ever Online Tourism Day, featuring a
number of panel discussions, was organised by the Vietnam E-commerce
Association, the VNAT, and the Vietnam E-commerce and Information Technology
Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It drew representatives from enterprises
providing tourism, restaurant, hotel and air transport services.-VNA



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