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Tourism roadshows held in EU

Released at: 10:30, 29/06/2018

Tourism roadshows held in EU

Vietnam's tourism roadshow held at famous Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna, Austria. Photo: VNAT

Popular tourist attractions and unique traditional arts showcased in Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary from June 19 to 28.

by Huyen Thanh

Vietnam should set up a channel providing information and conduct survey trips for Hungary’s media to Vietnam as the number of Hungarian tourists is lower than in other EU countries, a representative from the Hungarian Tourism Association said at roadshow held the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Embassy of Vietnam in Hungary.

The roadshow was one of four promoting Vietnamese tourism from June 19 to 28, with others being held in Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Vietnamese embassies in the four countries and Vietnam Airlines are the co-hosts, with 17 Vietnamese localities and tourism enterprises in attendance. The gatherings are a good opportunity for Vietnamese enterprises and European partners to meet and seek cooperative opportunities in tourism.

Addressing the roadshows, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Chairman of VNAT, said the four countries are important markets for Vietnam. Endowed with long beaches, natural diversity, and local hospitality, he went on, Vietnam has become an attractive destination for international tourists, including Europeans.

It welcomed only 1 million foreign visitors in 1995 but the figure is forecast at 16 million for this year, including 2 million European holidaymakers. Only 17,000, however, are from the Czech Republic.

Hungarian tourists to Vietnam increased 30 per cent last year compared to 2016. The Vietnamese Government approved an e-visa policy for Hungarians last year to encourage more tourists to visit Vietnam. Mr. Tuan expects more tourists and connectivity in tourism between the two sides in the time to come.

Vietnam’s tourism sector has been accelerating and is striving to become a key economic sector in the near future, Mr. Tuan said.

Traditional Vietnamese culture was also introduced to European audiences through water puppetry performances.

Another series of roadshows was also conducted in four cities in South Korea - Seoul, Daejeon, Daegu and Busan - from June 20 to 25.

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