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Vietnam - Attractive to Indian Tourists

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018

With a population of more than 1.3 billion, hundreds of millions of high-income people keen on travelling and shopping, India is one of attractive markets for many countries, including Vietnam.

According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Vietnam ranked sixth among 10 fastest growing tourist destinations in the world in early 2017 and the fastest-growing in Asia. However, the number of Indian tourist arrivals to Vietnam is still under expectations and tourism potential of Vietnam. The country features natural advantages with more than 3,200 km of coastline with stretches of soft white sand, diverse ecosystems, and 22 UNESCO-recognised heritage sites. Moreover, Vietnam possesses a strong cultural identity created and developed by 54 ethnic groups. Therefore, the country has sufficient capacity and conditions to meet the needs and catch the interests of Indian tourists in the coming time.

Mr B.Venkatesh Waran, Managing Director of Branch Development, TravelMall, India, said: "Vietnam has many attractive destinations for tourists such as Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Da Lat, Nha Trang and Hoi An. Indian travel companies easily combine these destinations with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh of Cambodia to create attractive tours.”

Speaking at the Vietnam Tourism Roadshow in India Programme, Mr Ngo Hoai Chung, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said that “Vietnam - India tourism cooperation has developed significantly in the past years along with the development of traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.”

As Vietnam sees India as one of priority markets, it regularly hosts market researches, promotes product popularity, and participates in fairs, exhibitions, roadshows, surveys, multilateral tourism cooperation, cinema cooperation, aviation cooperation, student exchanges, and new product development researches. In particular, informing marine tourism potential, luxury resorts, new policies on entry and exit are more focused.

To attract and keep Indian tourists in the coming time, authorities and tourism firms are actively conducting market researches, and investing in restaurants, entertainment facilities and shopping centres to Indian tourists’ tastes.

Particularly, Vietnam has recently allowed Indian citizens to receive electronic tourism visas, thus creating more favourable conditions and increasing choices for visitors of this Islamic country.

Also within the framework of bilateral cooperation, Vietnam actively supports India to introduce its images of land and people to Vietnamese through tourism promotion programmes and movies. It also assists Indian film producers to shoot in Vietnam, helps airlines to open direct flights, and assists Vietnamese training for Indian guides.

An official from the Ministry of tourism said India underscored bilateral tourism cooperation and proposed new cooperation like personnel training. It pledged to provide most conditions for Vietjet Air to open direct flights between New Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City in March 2018. He also asked the Vietnamese Embassy to assist the Inbound Travel Association to train Vietnamese language for Indian guides to meet the needs of Vietnamese travellers.

Giang Tu

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