Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, met with representatives of travel companies owned by Germans and Vietnamese expats in Germany on August 29 and 30.
Introducing the Vietnam travel potential, sightseeing wonders, and prominent tangible and intangible cultural heritages, Mr. Cuong also presented special Vietnam tours programmes that the tourism industry launched on Hanoi ’s 1,000th founding anniversary.
He expressed his hope that tourism cooperation between German and Vietnam tour operators would be boosted so Germany can eclipse France in terms of the number of tourists travel to Vietnam .
Presenting at the talks, Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Do Hoa Binh noted that the growing ties between the two countries have provided conditions for the development of bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields, including tourism.
He pledged to create improved conditions for German travel companies to do business in Vietnam .
For their part, many participants urged the Vietnam travel industry to equip more tour guides with the German language, along with professional skills and rich cultural knowledge, in order to lure more German visitors.
In 2009, the Vietnam travel industry contributed 5 billion USD to the State budget, generating jobs for 1.3 million people and helping to eradicate poverty.