Crisis can’t keep US tourists away (06-03-2009) HA NOI — Increased foreign arrivals from the US and other markets were not enough to offset a dramatic decline in the first two months of this year in tourist visits to Viet Nam from other Asian nations. Visitors from the US jumped 40 per cent to 90,000 from the same time last year, according to figures from the General Statistics Office, making the US the leading source of inbound tourism. Tourist arrivals from Australia, France and Canada also rose by 12-30 per cent to 49,500, 31,200 and 22,500 respectively, but tourism fell dramatically from major Asian markets like mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which together account for 40 per cent of the national tourism market. The overall number of foreign arrivals to Viet Nam in the first two months of the year therefore fell to 689,000, 10.3 per cent lower than in the same period last year. February saw just 343,000 foreign arrivals, 0.8 per cent lower than … [Read more...] about Crisis can’t keep US tourists away
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A Return Trip Too Far By Michael Modler Despite recent improvements, poor transport infrastructure—including airport facilities—and costly luxury accommodations are still deterring expatriates from coming back to the country Getting married in HCM City was an incredible experience. But like many groomsmen, I didn’t have much of a say in how our wedding was planned. My wife delegated only one significant task to me: help take care of the foreign guests who wanted to do some traveling in Vietnam. They would be coming to about 10 days before the wedding, and none of them had ever been here before. Vietnam has always been extremely welcoming towards me, and its strengths as a tourist destination are well known to anyone who has been here or has seriously considered a visit: beautiful landscapes, energetic cities, warm-hearted people, a high degree of personal safety, excellent food, and a unique cultural heritage at the crossroads of China and Southeast Asia. But I … [Read more...] about A Return Trip Too Far
Hanoi proposal to set up tourist police force slammed as ill-conceived, wasteful Authorities in the capital city of Hanoi have proposed establishing a special police force charged with maintaining tourist security but experts said such a force would be ineffective, calling the plan wasteful. Nguyen Van My, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Lua Viet Tours, said such a force would be costly, but unproductive. "The system is already bulky and inflated it will only increase the burden on taxpayers," he said. "Will the tourist police specialize in protecting tourists exclusively? When dealing with thieves and pickpockets, will they stop to make sure the victims are tourists before pursuing the suspects?" Last week, the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism proposed setting up the force following a slew of widely reported cases involving foreign tourists being ripped off in the capital city. In its proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the agency … [Read more...] about Vietnam tourist police: overdue measure or just another copout?
By being selected as the host for the National Tourism Year 2016, the “Pearl Island’ has been offered huge opportunities to speed up its dream of becoming a tourist paradise in the Southeast region. Special favours from the Mother Nature Alongside its superb long stretch of sandy beaches, extended primary forests, well-known specialties such as fish sauce, pepper, cashew nuts and pearl, Phu Quoc is also blessed with huge advantages to develop tourism, not yet found in other places. Neatly placed in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the largest and the only island in Vietnam which does not suffer from the impacts of storms. This brings the island very favourable conditions for tourism throughout the year. Although its area is quite small at only about 600 kilometres square, the island has a coastline of up to 150 kilometres, helping it maximise its tourism services throughout the island. In addition, the island is on the significant marine route in the south of Vietnam, … [Read more...] about Phu Quoc and its journey to become a tourist paradise
The Hanoitimes - About 13 million foreigners chose Vietnam as their holiday destination in 2017, which is considered a record of the tourism sector and marked a year-on-year rise of nearly 3 million in the number of foreign visitors for the first time. 13 million foreigners chose Vietnam as their holiday destination in 2017. Meanwhile, the sector served 73.2 million domestic tourists. It earned 510.9 trillion VND (22.5 billion USD) from visitors this year, according to statistics unveiled at a meeting of the State steering committee for tourism in Hanoi on December 26. Local tourism accommodation has been developed, surpassing 25,000 establishments with more than 500,000 rooms. There are now 116 five-star hotels with over 33,000 rooms, 259 four-star hotels, and 488 three-star hotels nationwide. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) reported that the tourism sector successfully fulfilled the target of 30-percent rise in the number of foreign visitors. While … [Read more...] about 13 million foreigners chose Vietnam as their holiday destination in 2017