Developing smart solutions to boost tourism

The strong growth in the number of domestic and foreign visitors helped the accommodation and food service activities industry to earn a turnover of VND494.7 trillion (US$21.77 billion) last year, up 11.9% annually. Total revenue from tourism activities is estimated at 35.9 trillion VND (US$1.58 billion) for the year, 10.4% higher than 2016. Localities that recorded remarkable growth in tourism revenue included Nghe An (22.7%), Hai Phong (18.3%), Khanh Hoa (16.5%), Lam Dong (14.2%), Ho Chi Minh City (10.3%) and Hanoi (8.2%). The encouraging results were generated from a wide range of policies and measures deployed by the hospitality sector in order to lure visitors and its effort to promote Vietnamese tourism to key markets including Australia, Japan, Europe, and ASEAN. In addition to continuing to provide visa exemptions for citizens from five western European countries, in 2017, Vietnam also granted electronic visas (e-visas) to citizens of six more nations including Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, India, the Netherlands and New Zealand, alongside the 40 countries that are already permitted. Recently, an audio guide system was officially put into operation across 14 sites at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi following a two-year trial run. The system is available in eight languages: Vietnamese, English, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Chinese. By putting on their headphones, which are connected via handheld devices, and selecting the targeted language, visitors will be provided with information on the site and its cultural and historical values. The information was thoroughly revised by cultural… [Read full story]


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