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Development opportunities abound in tourism

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Development opportunities abound in tourism

Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan (L), Director General of VNAT, was speaking at the 18th The Guide Awards on Oct. 6. Photo: Quang Phuc (VET)

Head of VNAT notes the opportunities for the tourism sector in address to 18th The Guide Awards on October 6.

by Ngoc Chi

Never before has Vietnam’s tourism sector seen such strong development opportunities as now, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), told the 18th The Guide Awards held by the Vietnam Economic Times Group at the Novotel Phu Quoc Resort  on Phu Quoc Island on October 6, with the theme “Green Tourism for a Green Economy”.

He also emphasized that never before has the sector received so much attention from the government and the State.

The Politburo issued Resolution No. 8, on developing tourism into a spearhead economic sector by 2030. On June 9, the Prime Minister officially signed the Government Action Plan to implement Resolution No. 08, promulgating the Law on Tourism 2017 in June, which will come into effect in 2018. Mr. Tuan believes that this is a very good opportunity for the tourism industry to develop strongly in the future.

At the Awards ceremony, Mr. Tuan, on behalf of the tourism industry and VNAT, congratulated winning businesses. “The tourism sector is in great need of community contributions, and Vietnam Economic Times has taken practical action to contribute to the development of Vietnam’s tourism,” he said.

Vietnam’s tourism sector recovered and developed last year, with 10 million international tourists, up 26 per cent compared to 2015, and in only the first nine months of this year, 9.5 million international tourists have been welcomed.

This year it is expected that the tourism sector will meet the targets set by the government of welcoming 13 million international visitors and 75 million domestic tourists, up 30 per cent, with direct revenue to reach $23 billion.

“With such a contribution, Vietnam’s tourism sector makes a positive and important contribution to the socioeconomy, and tourism alone contributes approximately 1 per cent to the 6.7 per cent economic growth in 2017,” he added.

Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh (L) was speaking at the event . Photo: Quang Phuc (VET)

This year’s World Tourism Day was held in Qatar, with the theme “Sustainable Tourism - A Tool for Development” and with the goal of celebrating sustainable values, contributing to sustainable economic development, according to Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Vietnam Economic Times.

“Resolution No. 08 aims to make tourism a spearhead economic sector by 2030 and bring Vietnam’s tourism sector to the forefront in Southeast Asia, which puts pressure on the sector given that inadequacies and limitations not been resolved thoroughly,” Mr. Binh said.

In that context, aware of the meaning of and the value of conservation and sustainable development, Mr. Binh went on, Vietnam Economic Times wants to accompanies tourism businesses in reaching “Green Tourism for a Green Economy”.

The 18th The Guide Awards honored 115 tourism providers, divided into six groups: Resorts, Hotels, Apartments for Rent, Restaurants, Travel Agents, and shopping and healthcare services.

Top-notch awards were presented to six resorts: Amanoi Resort, An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Island, and Naman Retreat.

In the hotel group, top-notch awards went to four hotels: Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, The Reverie Saigon Hotel, Park Hyatt Saigon, and JW Marriott Hanoi.

Eight other tourism units were presented with a Green Lotus Award 2017, in recognition of them protecting the environment and natural resources: Amanoi Resort, An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, Ana Mandara Villas Dalat Resort & Spa, KOI Resort & Spa Hoi An, Laguna Langco, Mango Bay Resort, Nam Nghi Phu Quoc Island, and Princess d’An Nam Resort & Spa.

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