In the January- November period, the sector saw a year-on-year increase of 17.8 percent in the number of foreign visitors.
China remains the largest market for Vietnam’s tourism with 1.2 million visitors, up 49 percent.
The success is attributed to the sector’s great efforts, with numerous activities including Carnival Week in Halong Bay, an International Firework Competition in Danang City, Marine Week in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa province and various activities of the National Tourism Year in southern coastal provinces.
The surge in the number of foreign arrivals has become a strong impetus for the upcoming 2012 National Tourism Year.
Luxembourg helps develop tourism in Quang Nam
The Quang Nam provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on December 13 hosted a workshop to launch a tourism promotion project in its disadvantaged areas.
Funded by the Luxembourg Government through the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the project is scheduled to be implemented in the 2011-2013 period with a total investment of US$1.4 million.
The project will focus on vocational training for people in mountainous areas and help market their products, with the aim of creating more jobs for local people and contributing to poverty reduction.
Ho Tan Cuong, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the project will contribute to creating more products and services to meet the demands of tourists.
Quang Nam has attracted a large number of tourists with its two World Heritage sites – the Hoi An ancient town and the My Son Holy Land, along with a 125-km long coastline with many beautiful beaches. However, most of its western districts, which lie deep inland, are yet to benefit from the growth of the local tourism sector.
Tran Xuan Moi, Director of Asia Advanced Tourism Management Co., Ltd, said the western areas have strong potential for tourism development, saying that enterprises could develop ecotourism services in these areas.
Companies of Vietnam tour gets global licence
The Sao Mai Tour Company is the first tourism enterprise in southern Binh Thuan province which has been granted an international traveling business licence by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
As of December 12, the company will have at least three tour guides certificated by the VNAT with an estimated amount of VND250 million deposited in the bank.
The company will provide local tourists with outbound tours or foreign visitors with inbound tours.
The number of international tourists to the province has increased significantly over the years. During the first 11 months, the province earned above VND3 trillion from tourism services, up 32 percent year on year.