VNAT strengthens tourism promotion in Cambodia

The proposal aims to bring in more quality tourists and maintain the country’s traditional tourism markets. It is also intended to create higher economic value and distribute tourism income to the regional areas of the country. Apart from the domestic market, the new tourism campaign also targets international markets, such as China, India, ASEAN, East Asia, and Europe. Activities to mark the Thailand Tourism Year 2018 will begin in November this year and will continue until the end of next year. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has asked the public and private sector to join in hosting various activities to support the 2018 tourism year. The National Tourism Policy Committee will supervise tourism promotion in line with the campaign in order to achieve the set target. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently held the annual TAT Action Plan for 2018 meeting, which covers both international and domestic tourism. TAT’s marketing plan 2018 has been designed to serve the purpose of generating revenue and increase visitor arrivals. It will also follow the development agenda of Thailand 4.0, based on the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, as well as Inclusive Tourism that maintains a balance between the economy, society, and the environment. All these strategies are in line with the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and the Second National Tourism Development Plan. Major activities include sports, gastronomy, marine, medical, and wedding and honeymoon tourism. Emphasis will also be placed on "ASEAN…... [read more]

Van Don special economic zone in the northern province of Quang Ninh. — Photo The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has expressed its disagreement with certain incentive mechanisms for businesses and individuals working in special economic zones in three provinces. These mechanisms are stated in the recently-issued Draft Law on Special Administrative Economic Units. The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has prepared the law for submission to the Government and the National Assembly. Under the draft law, the MPI proposes many preferential policies on land and taxes to enhance the ability to attract investment capital, especially foreign-invested capital, in three special administrative -- economic units of Van Don in the northern province of Quang Ninh, Bac Van Phong in the southern province of Khanh Hoa and Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang. The MoF has objected to the draft’s Clause 3 of Article 16, which proposes regulations allowing domestic economic organisations and foreign-invested economic organisations to mortgage their assets attached to land at foreign credit institutions and be entitled to the transfer of land use right directly from an organisation or individual having land use right to implement an investment project as a domestic economic organisation. The ministry proposed that the MPI remove this incentive as mortgaged assets will be recovered by the credit institution and sold to recover the debt if the borrower cannot pay the debt. Thus, by allowing economic organisations to have land use right…... [read more]

Endowed with a diverse, distinctive ecosystem together with the presence of many ethnic groups, Soc Trang can potentially develop diversified tourism models. To help the tourism sector fly, on August 2, 2016, the Soc Trang Provincial Party Committee issued Resolution 05-NQ/TU of the Provincial Party Executive Committee on Soc Trang tourism development to 2020, with a vision to 2025, with the goal of turning tourism into an important economic sector of the province in 2020. The following interview with Mr Trinh Cong Ly, Director of Tourism Promotion Centre and Chairman of Soc Trang Tourism Association, expands on this issue. Hoang Lam reports. Could you introduce the advantages of Soc Trang tourism? How has the provincial tourism industry effectively tapped these potential advantages? Tourism infrastructure has been improved. Many companies have boldly invested in expanding infrastructure and improving infrastructure quality in all aspects. Many new tourist attractions are put into operation such as Ho Nuoc Ngot Culture Exhibition Centre, Doi Temple Tourist Site, Tan Hue Vien Tourist Site and Dat Set Pagoda. The province has also placed an emphasis on creating garden-based tourism products and organised famtrips to tourist gardens to introduce homestay experiences, with popular destinations being orange gardens and tangerine gardens in Hung Phu commune (My Tu) and My Phuoc Islet where a garden and water-based festival is held on the fourth and fifth days of the fifth lunar month. To create favourable conditions for households to develop community tourism, the Soc Trang…... [read more]

In August only, the country attracted over 1.2 million foreigners, a monthly increase of 18.5%. This is the sixth time in 2017 Vietnamese tourism drew over one million international tourists in a month.  In August, the country’s tourism sector launched numerous tourism promotion events overseas, such as in Australia and China. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will organise a tourism promotion event in Cambodia from August 28-30.  According to the latest report of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Vietnam was ranked 10th in the list of emerging destinations favoured by tourists worldwide.  Meanwhile, the world’s largest tourism website TripAdvisor announced a list of ten most attractive spots in Vietnam voted by tourists. Notably, the central province of Quang Binh climbed to the fourth in the list, behind Hoi An, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City only.  According to TripAdvisor, Quang Binh was described as a heaven for exploration and experiences with various tourism destinations and routes such as Son Doong cave, Tu Lan cave system, Da Nhay beach and Phong Nha- Ke Bang cave, among others.  Thanks to tourism promotion events and new domestic and international flights, the locality attracted a number of tourists as well as international filmmakers.... [read more]

New adventurous tours in the northern province of Hà Giang will open soon, giving tourists all the more reason to visit. Breathtaking: A tourist looking down Tu Sản Canyon in Hà Giang Province. - Photo This was unveiled at a conference to promote provincial tourism attended by local authorities and travel agents yesterday in Hà Nội. Lùng Khúy Cave, Chiêu Lầu Thi Peak and Tu Sản Canyon are three attractive destinations to be presented to travellers, according to Đặng Quốc Sử, director of the Hà Giang Tourist Information and Promotion Centre. Chiêu Lầu Thi is the second highest mountain in the province at 2,142m above sea level, Lùng Khúy is a newly-discovered cave with impressive stalactites, while Tu Sản Canyon is 800m deep and 1.8km long. Some new tours will be offered including climbing, kayaking on the Nho Quế River and walking down Mã Pì Lèng Pass to Tu Sản Canyon. “Hà Giang impresses visitors with its UNESCO Geopark Site – Đồng Văn Karst Plateau, steep hills, winding roads and the diversified culture of many ethnic groups,” Sử said. “Provincial authorities pay special attention to promoting tourism as it is a key factor to develop the local economy sustainably and improve people’s living condition.” The provincial Party Chief Triệu Tài Vinh said upgrading service quality and developing new tours is key. “When I worked as head of Hà Giang’s…... [read more]

 The expo will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 from September 7-9, according the organization board at the press conference in the city on August 15. Journalists come from Thailand, Taiwan (China), Hong Kong (China), Germany, India, New Zealand, Netherland and others. To date, more than 26 countries and territories worldwide featuring 262 display booths, such as Australia, China, Germany, India, Brazil, Indonesia and more have registered to participate in the event. The expo is expected to attract ten thousands of domestic and foreign visitors. The event is an opportunity for travel agents, hotels and representatives from tourism promotion agencies to publicize their brands and offer tourist products to local and international travelers. It also aims to promote potentials, key tourism products and strengthen cooperation among countries in the Mekong River region. The expo also includes many promotional programs, seminar of Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE), seminar about introducing major tourism markets, Vietnam-Italia tourism discussion. Started in 2005, the ITE has become one of the leading travel events in Vietnam and the region with expanded scale and diversified activities, such as exhibition, meeting between Buyer and Seller and others, promotional programs The annual event is co-organized by the HCM City People’s Committee, the ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism. By THI HONG – Translated by Kim Khanh... [read more]

Viet Nam welcomed more than 7.2 million foreign tourists from January to July, up 28.8 per cent from the same period last year. — Photo baodulich The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) will focus on tourism promotion activities abroad from now to the end of the year. The agency plans to organise a programme to promote Viet Nam’s tourist destinations in China, a leading market for the country’s tourism sector. Around 2.2 million Chinese vacationers visited Viet Nam in the first seven months of 2017, a year-on-year rise of 51 per cent. Between August 18 and 23, several tourism promotion events will be held in China, at Xiamen City in Fujian Province, Baotou City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and Nanchang City in Jiangxi Province. These events are expected to see the participation of 300 to 350 local travel firms. Besides China, the VNAT will carry out promotional tourism programmes in other markets such as Australia, Northern Europe, Japan, and the ASEAN region in August and September. The agency will also participate in major international tourism fairs such as the JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo from September 21-24; the Top Resa Tourism Trade Fair in Paris from September 26-29; the International Travel Fair in Taiwan from October 27-30; and the World Travel Market in London from November 6-10. The VNAT is also simultaneously promoting tourism through websites, and, as well as social networks. Viet…... [read more]

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) will host a range of tourism promotion programmes that will advertise Vietnam’s charm to key tourism markets during the remaining months of this year. The first programme will be held from August 18 to 23 in three cities in China, including Xiamen city in Fujian province, Baotou city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Nanchang city in Jiangxi province. Each event expects to draw the participation of approximately 350 Chinese travel agencies. Vietnam always eyes China as the leading tourism market as the country has received 2.6 million Chinese visitors in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 51.4%. During the first seven months of this year, nearly 2.2 million Chinese visited Vietnam, up 51% over the same period from last year. The same promotion programmes have also been organised in Australia from August 15 to 18, in Northern European countries from September 13 to 20, and in Japan from September 16 to 22. In addition, the VNAT will attend major international tourism fairs to advertise Vietnam’s tourism potential, including the JATA Tourism EXPO from September 21 to 24 in Japan, TOP RESA International Tourism Industry Trade Fair in Paris, France from September 26 to 29, the Chinese Taipei International Travel Fair from October 27 to 30, and the World Travel Market in London, UK from November 6 to 10. In the same attempt to boost Vietnam’s tourism, the VNAT has updated information and policies on tourist activities as well as Vietnam’s most attractive destinations…... [read more]

NDO – It cannot be denied that tourism promotion contributes significantly to the good growth of tourism of Vietnam's tourism in recent years. However, the field is facing many difficulties due to low professionalism, limited funding. Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has welcomed nearly 7.5 million international visitors, up 29% over the same period last year. The total revenue from tourism was estimated at over VND307 trillion, up 26%. With this growth, Vietnam tourism industry is expected to achieve 30% growth in international visitor arrivals in 2017. In order to achieve growth in the past two years, other than simplifying immigration procedures for foreigners, diversifying and improving the quality of tourist products, strengthening management, and cleaning business environment, there is no small aspect when it comes to the tourism promotion of Vietnam. With the investment of the tourism industry and the coordination of all related levels and branches, the promotion of tourism in Vietnam has been step by step changed and expanded the scale. Many programmes and events are held across the country and abroad. The programmes have introduced tourists to the image of Vietnam’s landscape, people and potentials, as well as tourism products, opened opportunities for investment cooperation, affirmed the position of tourism in the region and the world. Tourist promotion activities are also more and more diversified, taking full advantage of information technology. Electronic marketing (E-marketing) via Internet has brought information on Vietnamese tourism to 340,000 viewers on Youtube and millions of visitors through Vietnam's travel…... [read more]

To achieve the goal of international visitor growth of at least 30 percent in 2017 set by the Government, Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam suggested the tourism sector mobilise all resources and implement promotion solutions to attract international visitors in the last 5 months. This is the information shared by Mr Ai at the Tourism Promotion Conference in 2017 held by Vietnam National Administration of Tourism recently in Hanoi. Vietnam's tourism industry welcomed more than 10 million international arrivals in 2016 and over 7.2 million international arrivals in the first seven months of 2017. The direct contribution of tourism to GDP in 2016 was approximately 6.9 percent. Mr Ai stressed the role of tourism in the national economy, noting that in many countries, tourism has become a "salvation" for the economy when facing difficulties. In Vietnam, the tourism industry is receiving favourable conditions when the Politburo has identified tourism as the key economic sector of the country. Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Mr Ha Van Sieu said that VNAT annually participates in major international tourism fairs in key markets; In collaboration with the Vietnam Tourism Association and localities to hold two main domestic fairs which are VITM (Hanoi) and ITE (Ho Chi Minh City); Maintain famtrips, press trips and roadshows in key markets; Develop advertising programmes on the media, promote e-marketing, and coordinate with partners such as VNtrip, VTVgo to organise…... [read more]