The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched a campaign on green tourism for environmental protection.

Addressing the launch ceremony in central Da Nang city, Mr. Nguyen Trung Khanh, General Director of the ministry’s Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said the country has a great deal of potential and advantages to develop tourism, especially in the context of the number of international visitors surging in recent years. Environment pollution is, however, an urgent issue, not only in Vietnam but also in the world. According to a report from the World Economic Forum and the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index for the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, Vietnam ranks 129th among 136 countries and territories, with 3.4 points out of seven, ahead of only Indonesia and Cambodia in Southeast Asia.

The campaign, with the theme “Go Green”, calls for the participation and commitment of tourism associations, tourism departments, travel enterprises, tourism training centers, and tourism sites around the country to together protect the environment.

They will intensify activities such as tackling trash disposal at public and tourism sites, limiting the use of plastic products, encouraging tourists to bring environmentally-friendly or reusable bags to replace plastic bags and dumping their trash at the right place, and taking measures to collect and treat plastic waste.

Limiting the use of disposable plastic items by travel businesses at tourist destinations is to improve self-awareness on environmental protection in the tourism industry and keep all tourism sites clean.

The ministry and local authorities in the tourism sector will continue programs such as promoting the green lotus tourism logo for sustainable development, organizing training courses on environmental protection for managers, business executives, drivers, and tour guides, inspecting the observance of regulations on environmental protection in tourism, and sending messages about environmental protection to the public.  

It is an effort by the ministry to raise awareness and responsibility among all businesses and workers in the tourism industry and residents at tourism sites about green tourism and will contribute to improving the efficiency of natural resources use and Vietnam’s tourism competitiveness index.

At the end of the launch ceremony, the ministry, local tourism departments, tourism associations, and travel enterprises joined a parade and cleaned the beach in Da Nang, to send a message on environmental protection to the public.