Hanoi – Prime Minister Pham Minh
Chinh expressed his belief that Vietnam will become one of the top 30 countries worldwide
in terms of tourism competitiveness, while chairing an national teleconference on tourism on March 15.
The country’s tourism sector should develop strongly
with “special products, professional services and clean environment” to make
Vietnam a safe, friendly destination, he said.
The leader reiterated the target of welcoming from
47-50 million international visitors and raising the sector’s GDP contributions
to about 14-15%, as set at the 13th National Party Congress.
He emphasised favourable conditions for the sector
to growth further, including one world wonder, 18 world heritages and more than
41,000 tourist sites, among others, saying tourism development is the responsibility
of the entire political system, all agencies and the whole society.
Domestic tourism should be placed in the country’s general socio-economic
development as a spearhead economic sector and should be linked with regional and
world tourism, with international standards, he noted.
Regarding key tasks in the time ahead, PM Chinh asked
ministries, agencies and localities to seriously implement viewpoints and
guidelines of the Party, laws and policies of the State on tourism, while stepping
up tourism restructuring.
He urged reviewing, amending and supplementing
relevant mechanisms, policies and regulations, increasing investment and
mobilising more resources for the sector, including those from the private sector,
helping travel firms and households access loans, enhancing digital
transformation, and building and developing a smart tourism ecosystem in
The PM stressed the need to facilitate the
opening of air routes and strengthen international cooperation, especially with
big, multi-national groups and corporations, in this field.
He assigned the Ministry of Culture, Sports and
Tourism to continue implementing the project on tourism restructuring towards
the status of a spearhead economic sector, effectively utilise big sources of
holidaymakers and promote products in which Vietnam has strengths like cultural
tourism, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tourism,
medical tourism and agriculture-based tourism, among others.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representative
diplomatic offices abroad were asked to coordinate with other ministries and
agencies in the communication work, and in implementing visa and immigration policies
for international visitors.
PM Chinh suggested the Ministry of Industry and Trade
integrate tourism into trade promotion programmes both at home and abroad, and
the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development promote tourism based on
agriculture, rural areas and farmers.
The government leader also gave tasks to People’s Committees
of cities and provinces, and travel associations
Participants at the conference looked into opportunities and challenges
to the tourism industry, and sought solutions to them, proposing that
international travel companies should be encouraged to invest and operate in
Statistics by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and
Tourism showed that the number of international visitors to Vietnam jumped to
18 million in 2019 from only 7.9 million in 2015.
Vietnam’s average annual tourism growth of 22.7% is among
the highest in the world, according to the World Travel Organisation.
The country’s tourism has moved up eight places on
the 2021 Tourism and Travel Development Index (TTDI) to the 52nd position as compared
with that in 2019, said the World Economic Forum (WEF) Report.
With six out of the 17 pillar indexes ranked among
the top in the world, Vietnam’s tourism ranks among the top three fastest
Since the border reopening on March 15, 2022, the
sector has been recovering, especially domestic tourism.
Last year, the country served 101.3 million domestic
visitors and 3.5 million foreign tourists, and raked in 495 trillion VND from
the industry, up more than 23% from the set target, and equivalent to 66% of
the 2019 figure./.