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Vietnam Tourism Promotion Office opens in South Korea

Released at: 17:55, 29/06/2019

Vietnam Tourism Promotion Office opens in South Korea

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Office to provide information on Vietnam's tourism and promote bilateral relations.

by Le Diem

The first Vietnam Tourism Promotion Office in South Korea has been opened, to promote tourism cooperation between the country and Vietnam.

The office was opened on the 27th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two and stems from the efforts of Vietnam Tourism Ambassador Lee Chan Kun, who called on individuals and organizations to support its establishment. The opening was also part of the Vietnamese Culture and Tourism Festival taking place in South Korea at the moment.

The office will introduce programs promoting tourism in Vietnam and provide useful information on its destinations, culture and people, encouraging South Koreans to visit.

Speaking at the opening, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said he appreciates Mr. Lee’s work as the first Vietnam Tourism Ambassador to open a Vietnam tourism promotion office abroad.

Vietnam and South Korea have implemented various exchange and cooperation activities over recent years in the fields of culture, sports and tourism, the Minister said. He added that Vietnam has favorable conditions in place to welcome South Korean visitors, investors, and travel companies to deepen understanding and friendship.

The number of visitors between Vietnam and South Korea has increased over recent years. In 2018, the South Korea-Vietnam tourism industry welcomed about 3.9 million visitors, including 3.5 million South Koreans visiting Vietnam, according to the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This represents a four-fold increase compared to five years ago and a 44.3 per cent rise year-on-year. In the first five months of 2019, nearly 1.8 million South Korean tourists visited Vietnam, a 22.4 per cent increase against the same period last year. South Korea has become the second-largest source market for Vietnam.

The number of Vietnamese tourists to South Korea, meanwhile, is also increasing at the highest rate in Southeast Asia, with over 400,000 tourists visiting in 2018, up 41 per cent against 2017.

Mr. Lee and the office will help deliver messages about Vietnam’s attractions and further promote cooperation between the two countries, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to South Korea, H.E. Nguyen Vu Tu. Vietnam expects to welcome over 4.5 million South Korean visitors to the country this year.

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