Japan and Vietnam: A tale of mutual attraction

10:52 | 16/08/2017 Society

(VEN) - According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the exchange of visitors between Vietnam and Japan has been increasing. In 2016, Vietnam welcomed 740,000 Japanese visitors, up 10.3 percent compared to 2015, while about 234,000 Vietnamese visitors travelled to Japan, up 26 percent over 2015.

a tale of mutual attraction

According to the statistics of Japan National Tourism Organization, Vietnamese travelers to Japan spend an average JPY237,000 per person per trip.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and the representative office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) in Hanoi presented the information at a seminar in mid-July. Japan opened a tourism representative office in Hanoi (JNTO) in March, which has played a significant role in speeding up the growth of Vietnamese tourists to Japan and vice versa.

At the seminar, Kuroiwa Yuji, governor of Kanagawa Prefecture, said that with the love of Vietnamese tourists for Japan, Kanagawa Prefecture just south of Tokyo hopes to welcome more of them in the future.

Kanagawa Prefecture is home to Kamakura and Hakone, two popular destinations near Tokyo. Famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view across Lake Ashinoko of nearby Mount Fuji, Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists looking for a break from Tokyo. Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines, historical monuments and beautiful beaches. In addition, Kanagawa cuisine includes famous beef dishes and other nutritious dishes.

Investment, trade and tourism cooperation and cultural exchanges between Kanagawa and Vietnam have been improved in recent years. In particular, the Vietnamese festival held annually in Kanagawa Prefecture has contributed to promoting the image of Vietnam tourism. Kuroiwa Yuji hoped tourism cooperation and cultural exchanges between the two sides would further develop in the coming time.

Ha Van Sieu, deputy general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said national and local tourism agencies, associations and enterprises have been very active in tourist exchanges.

Vietnam aims to welcome 11.5 million foreigners this year and maintain growth of visitors from key markets, including Japan. Tourism promotion activities will be strengthened to achieve the goal. In addition, Vietnam will continue to offer 15-day visa waivers for Japanese citizens.

Ha Van Sieu said he hoped Japan will further simplify visa procedures to encourage more Vietnamese people to visit his country.

Thanks to relations in all aspects between Vietnam and Japan, the exchange of tourists is expected to continue developing.

Hoa Quynh