Opening the 46th Meeting of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations

NDO – The 46th meeting of ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (NTOs) opened in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on July 24, gathering over 100 delegates, leaders and officials from ASEAN tourism authorities, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Tourism Association. Speaking at the opening, head of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Nguyen Van Tuan, affirmed that ASEAN holds great potential for tourism development. In 2016, the region recorded a record high of 113 million visitors, an increase of 7% compared to 2015. In 2016 Vietnam welcomed 10 million international visitors, an increase of 26%; in the first six months of 2017, the country has received 6.2 million arrivals, up 30% - an unprecedented growth in the number of international visitors to Vietnam. The ASEAN cooperation is especially important for tourism in Vietnam. Over the past few years, the ASEAN tourism markets have contributed approximately 15% of the total number of international tourists visiting Vietnam. Various ASEAN countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, are among the top ten source markets, as well as important gateways for international visitors to Vietnam. However, regional tourism is facing a range of difficulties and challenges related to global climate change and policy-related barriers to tourism development, Tuan said, adding that to maintain the momentum in growth, as well as to further attract tourists to the region, ASEAN national tourism authorities should focus on tourism promotion, improving service quality, further investing in tourism infrastructure and diversifying products, including the introduction of new products…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung began a five-day official visit to Japan on October 18 at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The visit took place at a time when relations between the two countries have been developing well in various areas. This is Mr Dung’s first overseas trip since he assumed office in July 2006. Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic ties on September 21, 1973, but they have developed strongly since 1992. The two countries have signed many important agreements such as those on aviation, double tax avoidance, technical cooperation and investment promotion and protection. Currently, Japan is Vietnam's leading important trade partner. Two-way trade value increased rapidly in 2000-2005 with an annual growth rate of 14.2 percent. In the past nine months of this year, Vietnam-Japan trade stood at US$7.2 billion, a year-on-year increase of 23.5 percent, including US$4.1 billion worth of Vietnamese exports, a 27.2 percent increase. Bilateral trade value is expected to reach US$10 billion this year, an increase of 19.7 percent against last year.Vietnam mainly exports aquatic products, garments and textiles, crude oil, electric cable, and wood products to Japan and imports mechanical products, steel, electronic products, motorbikes, materials for the textile industry and leather from the Northeast Asian country. By the end of August 2006, Japan had 677 valid investment projects in Vietnam with a total registered capital of US$6.8 billion, ranking third among the largest foreign investors in the country after Singapore and Taiwan. However, Japan is taking the lead in…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung paid an official visit to Italy on January 25 at the invitation of chairman of the Ministers’ Council of Italy, Romano Prodi, and the Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is the first high-ranking visit of PM Dung to Italy and he is also the first Vietnamese Government leader to take part in the WEF. Therefore, the visit marks an important milestone in Vietnam-Italy relations, relations between Vietnam, the WEF and international friends as a whole. As the world’s seventh largest economy, Italy is one of the most dynamic countries in the European Union. In recent years, Italy’s economy has achieved high growth rate. In 2005 alone, the country’s GDP hit US$1,720 billion and GDP per capita reached US$28,800. Since Vietnam and Italy established diplomatic ties in 1973, relations between the two countries have been consistently positive. The visits to Vietnam by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Gianfranco Fini in 2004 and by the President of the Chamber of Deputies in early 2005, and especially the trip to Italy by chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An in March 2005 are testimony to the fine relations between Vietnam and Italy. Over recent years two-way trade volume has steadily increased, from US$320 million in 1996 to 700 million euros in 2005, and up to 870 million euros in 2006. Vietnam’s imports from Italy include leather, chemicals, transportation and construction equipment, sanitary wares, medical equipment and household commodities. Its exports to Italy include footwear, coffee,…... [read more]

Present at the seminar were leaders from the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ambassadors from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, representatives of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, and cultural and tourism managers and businesses from the four countries. The seminar and film were part of the National Action Tourism Programme, with the aim of strengthening tourism cooperation between Vietnam and neighbouring countries. Sin Chan Saya, head of the Cambodian Department of Cinematography and Cultural Diffusion under the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, said the film will focus on new, mysterious and attractive destinations in the four countries. It will be a good opportunity for the four countries to promote their tourism. The film will be completed in the first quarter of 2011.... [read more]

Russia-Vietnam relations highlighted Vietnam eager to boost cooperation with Colombia Korean province promotes tourism in Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Quy Phuong, Director of the Travel Department under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said that the Republic of Korea (RoK) is one of Vietnam’s major markets. This year, Vietnam will boost tourism advertisement in this market and create favorable conditions for Korean visitors to Vietnam. According to the RoK tourism representative office in Vietnam, 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the strategic relationship between the two countries and both sides are focused on promoting trade and cultural cooperation. In 2011, more than100,000 Vietnamese visited the RoK and 136.000 Korean tourists came to Vietnam.... [read more]

First Mekong tourism city mayor meeting opens in HCM City Int’l Tourism Expo in HCM City They spoke highly of the sharp increase in numbers of international arrivals over the years. In 2011 alone, the four nations attracted more than 12.3 million visitors, up 14.5 percent compared to 2010. The ministers reviewed the implementation of the 2010 joint statement on CLMV tourism development and acknowledged the joint effort made by parties concerned in popularizing the campaign “Four Countries-One Destination”. They appreciated the support of the ASEAN-Japan Center (AJC), ASEAN-Korea Center (AKC) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) in developing human resources, upgrading infrastructure and promoting CLMV in both Japan and the Republic of Korea. They singed an agreement on CLMV tourism cooperation plan in the 2013-15 period, aiming to maintain and uphold the achievements that the four countries have gained, speed up efficient cooperation projects, and accelerate integration into international organizations. Addressing the event, the Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh stressed the need for mutual cooperation between the four nations in tourism. He suggested the four nations attract more foreign investment, boost competitiveness and engage in building an ASEAN community in 2015.... [read more]

Both sides agreed to join efforts in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tourism Cooperation signed in 2006 by ironing out snags for tour coordination. The VNAT proposed that the ETA to work with the Egypt Air to launch direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with assistance from its representative office in Vietnam. VNAT Head Tuan expressed hopes that tourism cooperation between the two countries will contribute to promoting their people’s mutual understanding. He asked the Vietnamese Embassy and Egyptian Embassy to accelerate the granting of visas for tourists from both countries. In recent years, Vietnam has become an interesting destination for foreign tourists and businesses, who are interested in discovery, eco- and maritime tourism potential, Tuan said. The number of visitors to Vietnam tripled within a decade to reach nearly 7 million by 2012, while about 5 million Vietnamese visited foreign countries each year he added.... [read more]

Vietnam recorded 170,772 Japanese arrivals, ranking third in international travel volume, in the first quarter of 2014, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). Roughly 80,000 Vietnamese people travelled to Japan last year, VNAT reports. HCM City Tourism Association Secretary General Ton That Hoa reports that Vietnam and Japan have enjoyed fruitful tourism cooperation, with steadily rising number of tourists recorded in both countries. “In addition to the more traditional Southeast Asian tourist destinations, many Vietnamese are increasingly adding Japan and the RoK to the list of popular travel destinations,” he added. Nguyen Minh Man, a senior official from Vietravel, a local tour operator which has focused on the Japanese market for over 18 years, reports the agency is stepping up its efforts to improve the quality of tourism services to attract more visitors to Vietnam. “Each month, Vietravel welcomes on average 1,000-1,200 Japanese tourists to Hanoi and HCM City” he said, adding “The number of Vietnamese tourists to Japan during the lunar New Year holiday and the Cherry Festival in March 2014 saw a strong increase of over 200% from a year earlier.” Saigontourist, one of leading cruise ship travel services, also reports that more Japanese tourists are travelling to Vietnam via marine routes. In the first quarter of this year, Saigontourist welcomed 58 cruise ships bringing in more than 20,000 international visitors, with about 10% of them originating from Japan. Japan currently has a new visa exemption scheme for Vietnamese citizens, set to go into effect…... [read more]

Nearly 100 delegates from the three localities participated in a seminar on tourism management in Danang city, on June 18, as part of an EU-funded project on tourism development and social responsibility. They proposed a number of measures to manage tourist destinations more effectively, such as developing tourism products and marketing programmes, training staff and mapping out a specific development strategy in line with the projected tourism growth rate. Project chief advisor Mary Mckeon stressed the need to create close links between Hue, Danang and Hoi An (Quang Nam province) for more sustainable development of the local tourism industry. She suggested these localities focus on promoting tourism advertisement and drawing up a good zoning plan for luxury hotels in coastal areas in the future. The biggest EU-funded tourism project is underway in Vietnam from 2011 to 2015 at a total cost of 11 million Euro. It is pivoted on building policies, improving institutions and establishing an organisational structure and an effective cooperation network between the State and private sectors. The project will also increase capacity for tourism staff, sharpen competitiveness and raise public awareness of responsible tourism.... [read more]

The provinces’ July 22 conference reviewed their cooperation programme from 2010-2015, aimed at creating cultural, sport and tourism links with the northern Eurasian country. Travel agents in Khanh Hoa’s Nha Trang city have brought 300-350 Russian tourists to Da Lat during the peak travel season. Khanh Hoa and Lam Dong will step up their tourism cooperation in the future by jointly developing eco-tourism services and cooperating to introduce the provinces’ tourism potential at international trade fairs.... [read more]




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