Vietnam targets $35 bil from tourism by 2020

As per the Ministry of resolution, Vietnam’s tourism sector targets to attract 20 million international visitors and 82 million local holiday-makers with revenue of US$35 billion.

Boat tour along Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe Canal (Photo: SGGP)

The tourism industry is expected to contribute over 10 percent to the nation’s gross domestic products (GDP) and offer 4 million jobs.

A meeting in Ho Chi Minh City to implement a Politburo 's resolution to develop tourism into a key industry and a diective isued by the city's Party Committee to boost HCMC’s tourism sector by 2020 yesterday, tourist agents, restaurants, and hotels put forward initiatives and measures for the tourism sector’s growth in the future.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Tat Thanh Cang stressed that tourism is a service industry which HCMC can combine with other provinces to offer sustainable tourism.

Additionally, through tourism, international visitors will understand more about Vietnamese culture. All agencies must join hand in developing the industry not only the tourism sector; for instance, police officers must ensure social order and security for tourists and local administrators must take care of visitors in the province

Director of Saigontourist Company Vo Anh Tai said that the government should have referential policies on land use and facilitate visa paperwork to attract more international travelers. In addition, HCMC needs to have more night tourist attractions along with river tours; accordingly, the city must invest in landscape in riversides and wharf systems.

HCMC Party Chief Dinh La Thang thanked initiatives from enterprises to make the sector into one of the key industries.

By Thi Hong – translated by Uyen Phuong

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