10:26 | 08/12/2016 Society
(VEN) - The tourism sector welcomed nearly 8.08 million foreign visitors in the first 10 months of this year, a rise of 25.4 percent compared with the same period in 2015. It means that the sector will surely reach the target of 8.5 million foreign tourists in 2016.
The 8.5 million foreign tourist attraction target set for 2016 is absolutely achievable
Also in the first 10 months, the tourism sector served 53.3 million domestic tourists, including 24.8 million resident tourists. Total revenue from tourism services reached an estimated VND331.5 trillion, 19.1 percent higher compared with the same period last year.
Along with serving tourists, travel firms participated in eight international fairs and received famtrip delegations from West Europe, the UK, the US, Canada, the Republic of Korea, and Russia. While the plan to develop tourism as a key economic sector is under finalization, state management and supervision of travel businesses and tour guide activities have been tightened. A campaign has been launched aiming to enhance the quality of accommodation facilities nationwide to create a new face for Vietnamese tourism.
This campaign has had a positive impact on the leaders of hotels and local authorities, making them aware of the necessity of improving accommodation facilities to enhance the competitiveness of local tourism.
According to the leadership of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, localities have significantly contributed to the achievements of the tourism sector. They have taken specific measures to facilitate business activities while at the same time boosting the attraction of investment into the tourism sector. Potential investors such as Sungroup, Vingroup, Muong Thanh, FLC, and TTC have put a number of new, modern accommodation facilities meeting international standards into operation.
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism General Director Nguyen Van Tuan said that in the last two months of 2016, the tourism sector would concentrate on drafting amendments to the Tourism Law and promoting Vietnamese tourism in China, Spain, and ASEAN countries. In addition, the sector will continue supporting provinces in the central region in resuming tourism activities following an interruption due to the recent marine environmental incident. At the same time, further efforts will be made to promote Vietnamese tourism in West and North Europe. The quality of accommodation facilities will be improved. Further, the sector will promote the implementation of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement on Tourism Professionals.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Vietnam in 2016 is expected to reach about 9.7 million, 11.3 percent higher than the annual projection of 8.5 million. Total revenue from tourism services is set to reach VND400 trillion, with VND230 trillion to come from services for foreign tourists.