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Home » Vietnam information » Vietnam Travel News » December - 2006

Vietnam to become developed tourism country by 2010

23/12/06 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has reviewed the activities of tourism in 2006. Major events that have been held this year include the 4th APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting, Visit Quang Nam Year, Hue Festival, Mekong Delta Tourism Festival, APEC images and Vietnamese cultural heritages exhibition and southern fruit festival.
Major events of Vietnam tourism 2006 reviewed

The general objectives of the action programme are setting a powerful and sustainable development steps for Vietnam tourism, affirming the role of a spearhead economic sector of Vietnam. By 2010, Vietnam will have symmetrical, physical and technical tourism facilities and unique tourism products with Vietnam cultural identities, turning Vietnam into an attractive destination of the global tourism.

Concrete objectives

Under the action programme, the sustainable growth of the tourism sector in the 2006-2010 period must be ensured so as to increase international arrivals from 10 to 20% each year.

By 2010, international arrivals are expected to reach the number of 5.5 to 6 million and domestic visitors will possibly reach the number of 25 million, up by 15 to 20% each year. Social income from tourism will reach about US $5 billion by 2010, doubling the income of the year 2005.

Some distinctive tourism products of Vietnam with high competition must be created to attract tourists by raising expenditure and the length of stay of arrivals on the basis of upgrading and investing in new tourism resorts, exploiting great potentials of Vietnam tourism.

The image of Vietnam in general and the position of Vietnam tourism in particular on international arena will be raised on the basis of enhancing tourism promotion and increasing the social awareness of tourism.

Major tasks

The action programme also includes major tasks, for example, enhance tourism marketing and promotional activities, diversify and improve the quality of Vietnam tourism products, develop human resources and strengthen the efficiency of the State Administration of Tourism.

Tourism marketing and promotional activities will serve the purpose of raising Vietnam image in general and Vietnam tourism in particular abroad. Unique products of Vietnam tourism are promoted and a distinctive traditional culture of Vietnam is introduced to draw international arrivals from all over the world.

Inside the country, it serves the purpose of raising awareness of all levels, industries in the society about the position and the role of tourism, a spearhead economic sector, raising people’s responsibility on preserving natural, cultural and environmental heritages in the course of country development.

The quality of Vietnam tourism products need be diversified and improved, environmental resources must be conserved and the sustainable tourism development must be ensured to create new and unique tourism products by paying great attention to ecological, historical and cultural tourism products to attract tourists.

Training and education of tourism resources need be incorporated into curricular of tourism training system at all levels as well as raising awareness about tourism natural resources protection and environment among tourists and local communities.

Man is the first element in the course of tourism development. Therefore, the programme should invest in training and re-training both management and tourism business, supplementing tourism-specialised schools. It is necessary to rapidly train tourism staff who have skills, capacity to meet the demand of tourism development and international integration.

It is also vital to strengthen the powerful mechanism of the state administration on tourism from the central to local levels in conformity with its tasks of a spearhead economic sector. Co-ordination with sectors and industries is needed to build policies, encourage tourism development, and facilitate favourable conditions for tourists to Vietnam to comply with international general rules.

(Source: ND)

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