The Government unveiled an action plan on Monday to transform the
tourism sector into the country’s economic engine, following the Poliburo’s
decision to pursue that goal.
The plan includes eight core objectives aimed at including the public in the
sector’s development and promoting the image of Viet Nam and its people to the
international community. It will also require the sector to make various
adjustments in order to better adapt to the global market, especially localities
with great potential for tourism. Provincial governments were tasked with
reviewing their tourism strategy and marshalling all available resources to
boost the sector’s development.
Central government agencies were urged to speed up the implementation of the
country’s Law on Tourism, which encourages investment in the sector, and to
improve the country’s human resources in the tourism industry. The plan also
stresses the importance for the agencies to enact administrative reforms, in
order to facilitate the implementation of major tourism projects across the
country and to simplify the country’s existing immigration and investment laws.
Such reforms will help fuel future growth in the industry, the plan suggests.
Stronger infrastructure, the plan says, will provide a foundation for the
tourism industry’s continued growth. Numerous projects are including highways,
seaports, airports and railway are to be completed in the next few years.
The country will continue its “open air” policy and freedom of the air, which
allows domestic and international airline companies to easily establish new air
routes and better ultilise existing ones. The plan also places great importance
in solving bottlenecks and overcrowding at Viet Nam’s airports, which has become
an increasingly alarming issue in recent years.
Government agencies were asked to coordinate efforts and to implement new
information technology to improve Viet Nam’s international tourism brand
recognition and positioning.
The plan also emphasizes the government’s commitment ensure security, fairness
and transparency in tourism activities. Tourism enterprises are encouraged to
innovate and diversify their products and services, especially in promoting the
country’s cultural heritage and numerous handicraft villages.
Ha Noi golden route
The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Centre of the Temple of Literature and
Hanoitourist yesterday introduced a joint tourism product, which offers a tour
of the capital city’s historic culture of learning and appreciation for
After visiting the temple, visitors will have a chance to learn more about
Vietnamese learning culture with a tour of the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum.
Exhibitions may help visitors understand better the Vietnamese people’s undying
desire to learn.
Tourists may also visit other major historical landmarks including the Old
Quarter, Dong Xuan Market, Ho Chi Minh Compound, Thang Long Citadel and various
museums across the city.
The capital city welcomed nearly 18 million visitors in the first nine months of
2017, a 22 per cent increase over the same period last year. Revenue from
tourism was estimated at VND53 trillion (US$2,33 billion), according to the
city’s tourism office, making it one of the largest contributors to the city’s