Tourism thrives, says Tourism General Director
The tourism industry has enjoyed abundant opportunities for growth. The number of foreign arrivals continued to pick up and set new records, said General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan.
Mr. Tuan reported that since the beginning of 2017, the tourism sector has worked with relevant agencies to conduct a string of activities to advertize and promote tourism.
In the first nine months, the sector continued to make impressive growth rate in which the number of foreign and domestic arrivals saw a year-on-year increase of 30% and 10%, respectively.
In the January-September period, the country handled 9.45 million foreigners and 57.9 million domestic guests. Tourism revenue hit VND 376 trillion, representing a year-on-year growth of 26.5%.
The General Director attributed the outcomes to great efforts of travel agents which served as a bridge to connect and brings tourists to Vietnam.
In the rest of the year, the tourism industry will try to fulfill the preset goal of welcoming 13 million foreign tourists.
As of September, 2017, Vietnam had 1,780 international travel agents which have played their great role in welcoming 9.45 million foreign guests. However, the tourism industry has to spare no effort to help with realizing the preset goal of the 6.7% GDP growth pace.
Nevertheless, tourism experts noticed that in Q3, in spite of high growth pace, the recent devastating floods impacted the business performance. Hence, in the rest of the year, tourism business units have to welcome 3.7 million foreign guests, equivalent to 1.2-1.3 million each month.
The General Director announced that tourism revenue was forecasted to pick up 7.3%, touching VND 346,201 billion in 2017 and 6% in the next ten years, about VND 619,735 billion by 2027.
Consumption of domestic guests was projected to expand 7.9%, reaching VND 184,863 billion in revenue in 2017 and grow up 6.4%, touching VND 368,679 billion by 2027.