VN promotes tourism in India
16:46 | 15/12/2017

VGP - The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Embassy of Viet Nam in India have launched a programme in New Delhi to promote Viet Nam’s tourism.

Speaking at the launch, Director General at the Ministry of Tourism Satyajeet Rajan said he hopes the two sides will expand cooperation in education-training and human resources development.

He agreed with the proposal of establishing a direct air route between the two countries to increase the number of holidaymakers to the respective countries.

In turn, VNAT Deputy Head Ngo Hoai Chung said that the Viet Nam-India tourism cooperation has seen significant developments in recent years, along with the development of the traditional friendship and comprehensive attracting the participation of a large number of agencies, associations and tourism enterprises from the two countries.

Viet Nam has become an increasingly popular destination for Indian tourists and the South Asian country has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for Viet Nam, Chung said, adding that during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Narendra Modi in January this year, tourism cooperation was one of the key topics under discussion.

Activities to promote Viet Nam tourism in this market have been deployed periodically, such as market research, product promotion, the organisation of fairs and exhibitions, as well as field trips for press agencies and tourism enterprises of the two sides. The VNAT always cooperates closely with the two nations’ embassies and enterprises in organisingconferences on tourism and aviation cooperation, while welcoming Indian film crews to Viet Nam in order to survey the country and share experience to build new products, Chung stated.

He affirmed that Vietnam is a stable and peaceful country with growing economy, ecological diversity and beautiful landscapes. The country boasts a coastline of over 3,200km with poetic beaches as well as unique culture and world cultural heritage recognised by UNESCO. Vietnamese people are friendly and hospitable.

The country is committed to providing the best quality tourism services and products to meet the needs of Indian travelers, as well as providing the best conditions for tourism businesses from both side to cooperate in this field, he added.

At the programme, Vietnamese tourism businesses introduced their specialty tourism products and spent time exchanging and seeking opportunities to cooperate with the Indian side. The latter also expressed their interest in Viet Nam’s tourism, as well as the untapped potential of this market.

A similar event will be held in Mumbai, one of the most dynamic cities in India.

According to India’s Ministry of Tourism, the number of Indian tourists to Viet Nam increased to 85,000 in 2016 from 33,000 in 2010. 

In 2016 alone, Indian visitors to Viet Nam increase by 30% compared to 2015, but this number only accounts for roughly 3% of India's 2 million visitors to other ASEAN countries in 2016.

During his working trip to India, Chung had a working session with the Indian ministry on December 11, to exchange tourism cooperation between the two countries in recent time.

He proposed India facilitate the early launch of a direct air route with Viet Nam while enhancing tourism promotion activities and embracing links among travel companies.

                                                                                                                By Vien Nhu

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