The Hanoitimes - The event was part of activities to commemorate 320 years since the establishment of Ho Chi Minh City. A welcoming ceremony was held on December 10 to welcome HCMC’s 7 millionth foreign guests at Tan Son Nhat international airport. The symbolic 7 millionth holidaymaker was Frenchman Tissot Jeanclaure. Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 7 millionth foreign visitors so far this year. The visitor, along with two other tourists immediately before and after him, was presented with special gifts from Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism and Vietnam Airlines. All three passengers were on the same flight from Charles de Gaulle Airport (France) to Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City). The number of foreign visitors to Ho Chi Minh City in the 11 months of 2018 is estimated at 6.8 million, a 19.6% increase from the same period last year, according to Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism. The event was part of activities to commemorate 320 … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 7 millionth foreign visitors so far this year
Foreign tourists at Ho Chi Minh City (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City welcomed the seven millionth international visitor to the southern economic hub during the year at Tan Son Nhat International Airport on December 10. The seven millionth international guest is Tissot Jean Claude, who was on flight VN10 by the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines from Paris to HCM City. Speaking at the ceremony Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, highlighted the municipal tourism sector’s annual growth at about 15 percent in recent years. HCM City is accelerating the implementation of its tourism development strategy, focusing on sustainable and green tourism in connection with environmental protection, and technology application for tourism development. The city set a target to expand tourism growth of between 15-20 percent and serve about 8-8.5 million foreign holiday makers in 2019, he added. Jointly organised by the municipal … [Read more...] about HCM City welcomes 7 millionth foreign visitor in 2018
The Easy Apply app will be an integrated part of GoBear Vietnam’s user journey The financial comparison platform keeps evolving and is ready to launch a smartphone app to improve financial inclusion for Vietnamese users. As the first and only metasearch engine for insurance and banking products in Asia, GoBear provides users a comparison platform that is free, easy to use, and transparent. Since it officially went live in Vietnam in early December 2016, with eight products – comparison of credit cards, personal loans, travel insurance, fixed deposits, bank accounts, home loan, home equity loan, and car loan – GoBear Vietnam has reached the 10 million visitor mark on the website www.gobear.com/vn and has become a trusted provider of search and comparison services for financial products in Vietnam. As the first and only metasearch engine for insurance and banking products in Asia, GoBear provides users a comparison platform that is free, easy to use, and … [Read more...] about GoBear Vietnam hits 10 million visitors on second anniversary
The Hanoitimes - Delegates to the Vietnam Economic Forum focusing on tourism discussed measures to unleash the potential of the country’s tourism sector towards sustainable development. Vietnam should consider adopting a more open visa policy in a bid to attract more tourists, participants said at the second session of the 2018 Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit in Hanoi on November 6 and presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. The 2018 Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit. Photo: Ha Phuong Unreleased potential At the session, John Lindquist, BCG senior advisor and board member of British Tourist Authority, blamed the visa policy of Vietnam and said that Vietnam has the shortest list of countries in the visa waiver scheme in Southeast Asia, with visa exemption applied only for tourists from 24 countries, much fewer than the neighboring Thailand’s visa scheme. Addressing the issue, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward said that Vietnam should consider … [Read more...] about Vietnam urged to expand visa waiver scheme to lure visitors
The Hanoitimes - According to Joe, an Australian tourist, Thailand is more attractive than Vietnam when there are thousands of high-end resorts near the sea shore that make people want to return. VnExpress has named a number of reasons why few foreign visitors return to Vietnam, citing some of travelers’ feedbacks. According to the Asia-Pacific Tourism Association, just 10-40% of tourists go back to Vietnam, while the rate is 80% in Thailand. Da Nang city, Vietnam. Jorn – a Norwegian tourist said, although he is impressed with Vietnam because of cheap, good food, and diverse culture, he is not considering returning to Vietnam any time soon because of the rather frequent tourist scams. Typically, he and his girlfriend had to pay an additional of VND60,000 (US$2.5) each for a bus ride instead of VND40,000 (US$1.7), the regular amount paid by Vietnamese. Meanwhile, according to Pile, a SCMP journalist, theft, traffic congestion, poor food … [Read more...] about Why few foreign visitors return to Vietnam?