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Oct 02 2011

Visitor numbers soar 15 per cent in first 9 nine months

visitor numbers soar 15 per cent in first 9 nine months

Vietnam welcomed 4.3 million international visitors in the first nine months of this year, a surge of 15.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

According to the General Statistics Office, almost all foreign sources of Vietnamese tourism saw year-on-year increases during the perio. Visitors from China rose by a huge 45 per cent to 980,000, South Koreans by 4 per cent to 380,000 and Japanese by 8.2 per cent to 340,000. Other sources such as Taiwan, the United States and France also recorded positive growths.

Vietnam hopes that good promotions will attract 5.5 million international tourists by the year’s end, 500,000 more than last year, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

As one such effort, VNAT last week arranged for 55 domestic tourism companies to participate in “Vietnamese Cultural Days in Russia “.

“Vietnam’s tourism sector is always willing to offer the best services and products to Russian tourists,” said head of VNAT Nguyen Anh Tuan.

Tuan was speaking on the sidelines of a conference to publicise Vietnam’s tourism potential in Saint Petersburg as part of “The Vietnamese Cultural Days in Russia “.

Tuan called on the two countries’ airlines and travel agencies to co-operate in offering new tourism products, helping the two peoples explore destinations in each country.

Vietnam is regaining special attention from Russian visitors, thanks to its warmer climate, long coastline, friendly people and low-priced services, said chairman of the Saint Petersburg ’s Committee for Investment and Strategic Projects, Aleksei Trichkanov.

He proposed that the two sides open a direct air-route from Vietnam to Saint Petersburg , saying that it would increase travel to both countries.

Last year, Vietnam welcomed almost 83,000 Russian visitors, up 50 per cent over 2009. This year, as many as 120,000 Russian tourists are expected to come to visit.

Source: VNA

May 05 2011

Foreign tourist arrivals continue to rise

foreign tourist arrivals continue to rise

VietNamNet Bridge - More than 460,000 international visitors traveled to Viet Nam in April, a 6.3 per cent rise against the same month last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

This brought the total number of foreign arrivals during the first four months of the year to more than 1.9 million, a year-on-year increase of 10.5 per cent.

Despite the recent earthquake and tsunami, Japanese visitors to Viet Nam still numbered 177,000, surging 21 per cent against the previous year’s same period.

Viet Nam also saw remarkable increases in the numbers of tourists from China, up 20 per cent, US arrivals rising by 6.8 per cent, South Koreans by 6.6 per cent, French tourists by 6.3 per cent and Australian visitors 5.7 per cent.

A strong brand name would be established for tourism in Viet Nam during the next four years to promote the country’s attractions, said director of the Viet Nam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Van Tuan.

The administration planned to hire a consultancy firm to carry out the strategy, he said, adding that this was the first time promotion would be conducted by a professional agency.

Chairman of the Viet Nam Society of Travel Agents (VISTA) Vu The Binh said efforts to create a Vietnamese brand should focus on what was unique about the country. He said he believed one thing Viet Nam could be proud of was its spectacular landscape.

Binh said it was also important to identify potential markets. To date, Viet Nam’s traditional markets were people from Northeast Asia and Western Europe, but another promising market was the country’s own region of Southeast Asia.

In countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, people from within the region accounted for 70 per cent of visitors while in Viet Nam, the figure was not even close to 20 per cent, he said.

“A strong and effective brand name requires close co-operation between authorities and hotels, airlines and tourist companies,” said Saigontourist Marketing Manager Doan Thi Thanh Tra.

“Such co-ordination can help create attractive tourism services and products, a key factor for the success of our hospitality industry.

“A brand name will not work if foreign tourists cannot book air tickets or hotel rooms are not easily available,” she added.

Tourist companies were attempting to build their-own brands to attract more international tourists, she said.

The tourism industry aims to welcome 5.3 million foreigners and serve 30 million local tourists, earning VND110 trillion (over US$5 billion) from tourism revenue this year.

Source: VNS

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