First-half tourism: Going strong

10:28 | 02/08/2017 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO), in the first half of this year, Vietnam attracted more than 6.2 million foreign visitors and 40.7 million domestic visitors, earning total revenues of VND254.7 trillion, up 27.1 percent from the same time last year.  

Impressive growth

Vu Quoc Tri, head of office of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), attributed the impressive growth partially to the Politburo’s Resolution on developing tourism into a spearhead economic sector, and the electronic visa program for foreigners from five Western European countries.

On June 19, the National Assembly officially adopted the revised Law on Tourism that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and is expected to provide an important legal framework for Vietnam’s tourism to develop on a sustainable basis and improve competitiveness in the future.

Nguyen Van Tuan, general director of VNAT, attributed the tourism sector’s achievements in the first half of 2017 to the party’s and the state’s policies and Vietnam’s safe and stable environment.

Determination to improve

Nonetheless, VNAT leaders have admitted that the Vietnamese tourism industry is still facing many difficulties and challenges, including insufficient and substandard human resources.

Managers are extremely concerned about the increases in service and product prices during peak seasons and serious environmental pollution at a number of tourist sites.

Tuan said the tourism industry will thoroughly implement its plans to strengthen management of travel, tourist guides and destinations throughout the country while at the same time piloting the grading of tourist sites and centers. This has been the sector’s largest campaign so far to improve the quality of tour operators, tour guides and destination management, and raise community and business awareness of improving tourist services, Tuan said.

Hoa Quynh