Vietnam seeks to “upgrade” tourism sector

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Hanoi”s Hoan Kiem Lake bridge © Arno Maierbrugger

Vietnam wants to make tourism a key economic sector of its economy by 2020 in order to create a driving force for the development of other sectors. The country expects to attract 17-20 million foreign visitors by then.

Tourists are expected to spend $35 billion in the country by 2020, and the sector is hoped to create jobs for four million people, including 1.6 million direct jobs. Such ambitious goals are part of a Politburo resolution on developing tourism into a key economic sector, issued earlier this year.

In 2017, Vietnam expects to meet the target of welcoming 13 million visitors as assigned by the prime minister, after ten million in the previous year. The sector last year earned a total of $23 billion contributing 6.96 per cent to the country’s GDP.

Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that tourism restructuring is necessary as tourism development has remained modest as compared with Vietnam’s potential, resources and expectations, adding that Vietnam has lagged behind many regional countries in this field.

He noted that six issues would need restructuring – resources and funding for tourism, tourism products, developing tourism markets, tourism companies, human resources for tourism, as well as tourism management.

Vietstar Airlines Deputy General Director Luong Hoai Nam said that Vietnam’s tourism was “good at some things but bad at many things.”

He said that Vietnam’s tourism was hindered by bottlenecks relating to visa policies, information and communications technology readiness, health and hygiene, safety and security, airport infrastructure, ground and port infrastructure and tourist service infrastructure.

Nam urged that the country should have opener visa policies for tourists.

“The matter is not the visa fee but the inconvenience and displeasure people experience when applying for a visa,” he said.

Vietnam exempts tourist visa for citizens from 23 countries but Thailand does the same for 61 countries, Malaysia for 155 countries, Singapore and the Philippines for 157 countries and Indonesia for 169 countries. While Vietnam visas for a number of countries can be applied online, it’s still hassle to wait for them being processed on arrival.

 

 

 

 

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Hanoi”s Hoan Kiem Lake bridge © Arno Maierbrugger

Vietnam wants to make tourism a key economic sector of its economy by 2020 in order to create a driving force for the development of other sectors. The country expects to attract 17-20 million foreign visitors by then.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Hanoi”s Hoan Kiem Lake bridge © Arno Maierbrugger

Vietnam wants to make tourism a key economic sector of its economy by 2020 in order to create a driving force for the development of other sectors. The country expects to attract 17-20 million foreign visitors by then.

Tourists are expected to spend $35 billion in the country by 2020, and the sector is hoped to create jobs for four million people, including 1.6 million direct jobs. Such ambitious goals are part of a Politburo resolution on developing tourism into a key economic sector, issued earlier this year.

In 2017, Vietnam expects to meet the target of welcoming 13 million visitors as assigned by the prime minister, after ten million in the previous year. The sector last year earned a total of $23 billion contributing 6.96 per cent to the country’s GDP.

Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that tourism restructuring is necessary as tourism development has remained modest as compared with Vietnam’s potential, resources and expectations, adding that Vietnam has lagged behind many regional countries in this field.

He noted that six issues would need restructuring – resources and funding for tourism, tourism products, developing tourism markets, tourism companies, human resources for tourism, as well as tourism management.

Vietstar Airlines Deputy General Director Luong Hoai Nam said that Vietnam’s tourism was “good at some things but bad at many things.”

He said that Vietnam’s tourism was hindered by bottlenecks relating to visa policies, information and communications technology readiness, health and hygiene, safety and security, airport infrastructure, ground and port infrastructure and tourist service infrastructure.

Nam urged that the country should have opener visa policies for tourists.

“The matter is not the visa fee but the inconvenience and displeasure people experience when applying for a visa,” he said.

Vietnam exempts tourist visa for citizens from 23 countries but Thailand does the same for 61 countries, Malaysia for 155 countries, Singapore and the Philippines for 157 countries and Indonesia for 169 countries. While Vietnam visas for a number of countries can be applied online, it’s still hassle to wait for them being processed on arrival.

 

 

 

 

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