Tourism sector overcomes difficulties

15:38 | 06/02/2016 Society

(VEN) - The tourism sector managed to welcome more than 7.9 million international tourists and 57 million domestic tourists and recorded VND338 trillion in revenues last year.

Tourism sector overcomes difficulties

Photo: Can Dung

According to travel companies, 2015 was a difficult year for tourism development due to economic slowdown, political instabilities and epidemics across the world.

For example, Chinese visitors, often accounting for one fourth of the total international visitors to Vietnam, fell in number; Russian tourists, often marking some 25-30 percent increases, dropped by 7.1 percent; and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) prevented domestic travel companies from sending tourists to key destinations including Thailand and the Republic of Korea.

Despite these difficulties, the tourism sector lured more than 7.9 million international tourists and 57 million domestic tourists and recorded VND338 trillion in revenues last year, while the annual targets set at 8.5 million international tourists, 41 million domestic tourists and VND270 trillion in revenues.

According to General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Van Tuan, international tourists reduced by 12 percent in the first half of 2015 compared with the same period of 2014. However, positive increases were seen in the second half of the year thanks to drastic measures and government tourism development policies, especially two week visa exemptions for the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Belarus.

What was the most important last year was that the tourism sector successfully stopped a fall in the number of visits, with a reversal and modest growth.

Last year saw the issuing of Government Resolution 92/NQ-CP on measures to promote Vietnam tourism development in the new period and Prime Ministerial Directive 14/CT-TTg on increasing the effectiveness of state management and promoting tourism development, which proved effective in the implementation. Moreover, many large groups including Vincom, Sun Group, FLC, Tuan Chau and Muong Thanh began to interest in tourism infrastructure development and tourism promotion. “The tourism sector’s achievements in 2015 have created the premise for development in the new period,” said Nguyen Van Tuan.

This year which is the first in a new development period for the tourism sector is attached with the targets of welcoming 8.5 million international tourists, 60 million domestic tourists and VND370 trillion in revenues.

To hit the targets, the tourism sector has scheduled tasks to accomplish including promoting the implementation of Government Resolution 92/NQ-CP and Prime Ministerial Directive 14/CT-TTg, perfecting the amended Tourism Law and submitting it to the government for approval, implementing the Vietnam’s Tourism Development Strategy until 2020, with a focus on tourism e-marketing, promoting the National Tourism Action Plan including tourism promotion on media, organization of the 2016 National Tourism Year in Kien Giang and preparations for the 2017 National Tourism Year in Lao Cai.

According to the Vietnam’s Tourism Development Strategy, the sector plans to welcome 10-10.5 million international tourists and 47-48 million domestic tourists, record VND338 trillion in revenues, contribute 6.5-7 percent of the national GDP, have 580,000 rooms with 35-40 percent of which meeting three to five-star standards and employ three million workers including 870,000 direct workers for the sector by 2020.

The sector expects to see a double increase over 2020’s tourism revenue by 2030.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said, “It’s time for the tourism sector to engineer a breakthrough instead of making incremental annual growth.”


 Thanh Tam