“The programme is expected to boost tourism development, contributing to the growth of the local and regional economy in the coming years,” he said. “More tours and destinations will be introduced to meet demand. We will also strengthen co-operation with Khanh Hoa and neighbouring provinces to create a regional tourism network,” he said.
The opening ceremony will be held in May along with a week-long sea festival. Highlights of the Tourism Year programme include the Miss Universe Vietnam 2019 contest, the Symphony of the Sea festival, a film screening week, a seafood festival and the Miss Tourism ASEAN contest.
Various sport events will be held such as the KN Golf Championship, Vibe Marathon Nha Trang, Challenge Vietnam, the Hong Kong – Nha Trang yacht race and a jet ski race.
Security and service quality are two urgent problems authorities are trying to address, said Tran Viet Trung, Director of the provincial Department of Tourism.
“We tightened management of travel agencies and accommodation providers to ensure good service,” Trung said. “We also set up hotlines to receive feedback and complaints from tourists.”
There are nearly 40,000 rooms in the province to serve increasing demand during the festivals.
“Cam Ranh Airport has been improved to prevent overloading,” he said.
The province received 6.3 million tourists, including 2.8 million foreigners, during 2018. Its target is to welcome 8.5 million tourists, including 3.5 million foreigners, in 2020, and to earn 70 trillion VND (3 billion USD) in tourism revenue.
Nguyen Van Dung, Director of the Binh Dinh Department of Tourism, said Khanh Hoa province should also promote regional and national tourism during the National Tourism Year.
“We expect the programme will boost tourism in the central coastal provinces including Binh Dinh and Phu Yen – localities with beautiful destinations and unique cultural heritage.”
The National Tourism Year 2019 in Nha Trang is expected to receive seven million tourists, said Trung.
Nha Trang has 180 kilometres of coastline with beautiful landscapes of Van Phong, Nha Trang and Cam Ranh bays and many islands. It has huge potential for tourism development.