Viet Nam and Russia came to an agreement for creating more measures to encourage mutual trade and positive investment relations in tourism while they met on the sidelines of the fourth APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting held in Hoi An.
|Russian visitors tour a Vietnamese pagoda.(Photo:TK)|
According to Mr. Hoang Anh Tuan, Deputy Director of the Viet Nam Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Russia will help Viet Nam by providing training for tourism related human resources as well as providing information on tourism fairs and exhibitions to be held in Russia.
In return, Viet Nam will invite Russian travel agents and investors to seek tourism opportunities in Viet Nam.
Mr. Tuan was met by many representatives of the Russian delegation led by Mr. Vsevolod B. Okpysh, Russian Consul General from Da Nang.
To bolster this relationship is an incredibly positive step since, according to the VNAT, Viet Nam has already welcomed nearly 19,000 Russian visitors over the first eight months of 2006 (a year-to-year increase of 22%).
Moreover, Russian tourists have been noted as the largest spending tourist group in Viet Nam with an average of US$1,458 per visitor. Of this, US$610 is used for living costs which is 40% higher than the comparable spending average of tourists from all other country.
A draft of the joint tourism development action plan by Russia was given to Viet Nam for 2007-2008. The plan is expected to be signed while Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, visits Viet Nam for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Ha Noi this November.
Russia will be hosting an international tourism fair in March 2007 and has invited Viet Nam to participate in the activities which will include the "Viet Nam Tourism Day" event.