Vietnam intensifies tourism promotion to attract foreign visitors

As the peak season for international tourism is approaching, after a long time of being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam has determined it is time for the tourism sector to rebound and thrive.

The law amending and supplementing a number of articles of the law on the exit and entry of Vietnamese citizens and the law on entry, exit, transit, and residence of foreigners in Vietnam took effect on August 15, creating more favorable conditions for foreign visitors coming to the country.

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Vietnam intensifies tourism promotion to attract foreign visitors. (Photo: VNA).

To create momentum for tourism development, the Government issued a Resolution dated May 18, 2023, on tasks and solutions to accelerate the recovery and boost the effective and sustainable development of the tourism industry.

Vietnam’s competitiveness in tourism has been improving, ranking 63rd out of 140 countries and territories, up 17 places compared to 2011. In 2021, it ranked 52nd out of 117 economies, up eight places from 2019.

The Government has requested the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to coordinate with units and agencies in localities to strengthen tourism promotion activities and popularise Vietnam’s new visa policies in international tourism markets, including China, the Republic of Korea, India, and the UK.

The ministry has been asked to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to bolster cultural diplomacy activities to introduce images of Vietnam and its people to more foreign friends.

To position Vietnam as a leading attractive tourism destination in the Southeast Asian region while affirming its brand and competitiveness, several tasks and solutions have been introduced such as innovating and personifying forms of tourism marketing, promoting the application of digital technology, and deploying perse and flexible forms of marketing communication in accordance with the objectives and requirements of each market and each period.

The strategy has affirmed the necessity of establishing Vietnam tourism promotion or representative offices abroad with the support of embassies, and trade offices in the host countries.

According to Ha Van Sieu, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration, strategies are orientations for tourism development in the coming time, particularly in building and deploying tourism marketing plans in key markets, including Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Western and Northern Europe, Latin America, Russia and Australia, among others, according to the types of tourism products with strengths and potential like high-end, quality tourism products, golf tourism, healthcare tourism products, ecotourism, and MICE.

Nguyen Hong Minh, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Tourism Department, said for a long time, localities have been implementing separate tourism promotion programs on international media channels, resulting in inconsistency and low efficiency.

Minh proposed the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism develop a general strategy to promote Vietnam’s tourism in the international market with a focus on establishing cooperative plans with big international media partners and brands like CNN, CNBC, BBC, Michelin, WTA, and Netflix.

In order to improve the quality of tourism promotion, many businesses and localities are striving to better promote the role of the Tourism Development Support Fund.

Director of Vietnam National Tourism Administration Nguyen Trung Khanh assessed that the establishment and operation of the fund initially met the needs of promoting national tourism as well as supporting tourism product development.

However, tourism promotion is a long-term process, requiring cooperation between state management agencies, localities, and tourism businesses.

Therefore, in order to meet the requirements of tourism promotion in the new period, more joint efforts of localities and businesses are needed in order to attract more foreign tourists to the country.

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(Source: VNA)