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Fourth Industrial Revolution creates new tourism trends

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution has greatly impacted tourism management and business and led to the formation of new tourism trends like smart and innovative tourism.

Fourth Industrial Revolution creates new tourism trends hinh anh 1Cat Ba Island – one of the must-visit destinations in Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Fourth Industrial Revolution has led to changes in tourism habits, thus giving a facelift to the tourism sector of the world and Vietnam in particular. Green, sustainable tourism is the goal of Vietnam’s tourism in the next decade.

The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has forecast that by 2030, people who travel abroad for visiting, health and religion purposes will make up 31% of the total tourists; for travelling, leisure activities and entertainment, 54%; and for professional purposes, 15%.

During the 2018-2028 period, tourism demand is expected to rise 4% annually, faster than the global economic growth pace. The Asia-Pacific region will welcome about 535 million international tourists in 2030, ranking first globally in this regard.

Holiday-makers are also interested in traditional culture, natural values and innovation and high-technology.

It is noteworthy that medical tourism has become more popular. Responsible, eco and community-based tourism is inevitable to reach the target of sustainable development.

According to the UNWTO, the robust development of budget carriers will greatly benefit the tourism sector and spur the development of aviation tourism. Besides, tourists taking sea routes have also increased with modern and luxurious cruise ships.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has greatly impacted tourism management and business and led to the formation of new tourism trends like smart and innovative tourism.

Unlike traditional tours, smart tourism targets interests of vacationers, while ensuring low cost, safety and convenience based on technological applications and the use of modern equipment as well as global data.

Future of tourism 

The tourism sector has also experienced changes in the payment methods, from cash to non-cash ones.

The post-paid method has been favoured by many holiday-makers and the booking of air tickets and hotels by smart phones increased sharply.

Digital technologies and data will dominate the growth in Asia-Pacific, with up to 80% of tours to be booked online and 87% of young people said smart phones are necessary for travelling.

Experts also said information technology and social network will be the future of tourism.

The expenditure structure of tourists has also changed significantly, from essential services like food, beverages and transportation in the previous years to shopping, travelling and entertainment.

In fact, the global tourism industry is experiencing the development of different trends such as self-designed, high-end, trekking and entertainment tours, among others. Given this, travel companies have to pay more attention to developing products to meet market demands.

In Vietnam, vacationers now prefer exploring mountainous areas and local culture instead of maritime tourism as in the past.

New-generation tourists have shown their responsibility for the environment. Therefore, they want to learn about special cultural values and the nature.

UNWTO said Southeast Asia will rank fourth globally in tourist attraction and Vietnam will be one of the 10 countries recording the fastest tourism growth./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/fourth-industrial-revolution-creates-new-tourism-trends/247377.vnp

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New products, services needed to reach tourism targets

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To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 1Visitors to Hanoi on a bus tour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion
VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop
more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

The
VNDirect Securities JSC held that the aviation and tourism industries will
record breakthrough growth from 2023 thanks to the strong recovery of
international markets.

The
number of foreign arrivals in Vietnam is predicted to completely return to pre-pandemic
levels by next year 2024 and be equivalent to 118.9% of the 2019 figure, before the COVID-19
broke out, a year later, the Lao dong (Labour) daily reported.

The
UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently also forecast the international
tourist number may reach 80 – 95% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023.

The
Vietfoot Travel company said the country’s tourism sector, including travel and
event planning firms, will have opportunities to bounce back and soon regain
its 2019 growth trend.

Vietnam
welcomed 871,200 international arrivals in January. It targets 8 million foreigners for this year.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 2Foreign tourists visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi by pedicab. (Photo: VNA)

Despite
a surge in the tourist number since the year’s beginning, the sector is still
facing difficulties and challenges.

Lao
dong quoted General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
Nguyen Trung Khanh as saying that due to impacts of the global economic recession
and domestic socio-economic changes, travellers’ purchasing power has decreased
and they tend to curb spending on middle- and high-end services.

To
achieve the set targets, many experts recommended the sector develop new products
and services, diversify and improve the quality of services, and increase
experiences to meet tourists’ demand.

They
added travel businesses should also increase communications and promotion
activities, stay updated with market trends, and ensure security and safety of
destinations. It is also necessary to enhance tourism connectivity among
localities to attract more domestic and international visitors./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-products-services-needed-to-reach-tourism-targets/248002.vnp

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Unique products needed to boost HCM City’s tourism

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Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector is continuing to recover strongly and posting many impressive results. The city’s efforts in improving product quality and creating new offerings have given the sector a boost, but limitations remain that need to be addressed for the city to become an appealing destination, especially for international visitors.

In the heart of modern, bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine boasts an older appearance. For more than ten years, the museum has offered an interesting experience to visitors, showcasing a collection of more than 3,000 precious artifacts relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine from the Stone Age to the present.

However, there are few opportunities for visitors to engage in activities to learn about traditional medicine or receive health advice. The museum is therefore not widely known among visitors to the city.

“One district, one tourism product” is the new mantra from Ho Chi Minh City to expand tours and offerings. 20 districts have announced typical tourism products so far.

However, while there are unique and well-known destinations such as Cu Chi Tunnels and various monuments and attractions in the city centre, newly-launched products are only prominent in certain areas. 

Insiders liken travel resources to baking ingredients. Ho Chi Minh City has many ingredients, but there is a shortage of bakers and few ways to make delicious cakes, or unique tourism products. 

Analysts have suggested that the city adopt a clear development strategy and goals and position itself as a must-see destination based on unique offerings and key brand values, so that it is not simply a transit point./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-products-needed-to-boost-hcm-citys-tourism/247973.vnp

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HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam

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As a result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences for travellers in Vietnam.

HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam hinh anh 1Travellers in a Vespa tour in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City – As a
result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several
has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences
for travellers in Vietnam.

The list was announced by the
Vietnam Record Organisation (VietKings) last month.

Among them, a tour gives travellers
a chance to try working as a physician and learn about traditional medicine at
the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in District 10.

The private museum, opened by the FITO
Pharma Co.Ltd, features more than 3,000 precious objects related to traditional
medicine of Vietnam, including herb slicers and grinders dating back some 2,500
years, a collection of books with over 100,000 pages in total written in Han (Chinese)
and Nom (old Chinese-like script of Vietnam), and hundreds of valuable
remedies.

Another tour in the list is a dining-in-the-dark journey at Noir Restaurant,
where tourists can enjoy delicate tastes and structures of dishes completely in
the dark with services provided by well-trained visually-impaired waiters and
waitresses.

It brings about not only dining
experiences but also a chance for exchange between the abled and the disabled.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the HCM City Tourism Department, said that
since 2022, the southern metropolis has reaped success in the programme
developing one typical tourism product for each district. The department has also
been striving to reform products so that the city can become a must-visit
destination.

Efforts have proved fruitful, she
noted, adding that HCM City now boasts more than 60 tourism products, including
30 new ones of local districts and Thu Duc city./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-citys-tourism-products-among-top-unique-tours-in-vietnam/247958.vnp

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