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HCM City promotes MICE tourism

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After a long lull due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ho Chi Minh City is seeing increasing demand for MICE (meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition) tourism from both Vietnamese and foreign customers.

HCM City promotes MICE tourism hinh anh 1Tourists go through immigration at HCM City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport. (Photo sggp.org.vn)

HCM City – After a long lull due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, Ho Chi Minh City is seeing increasing demand for MICE
(meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition) tourism from both Vietnamese and
foreign customers.

As Vietnam’s economic hub, the city has many businesses with
demand for MICE tourism as they seek to combine business and pleasure to thank
employees, customers and partners after the difficult pandemic period.

Vietravel Company said since the start of this year it has served
300 MICE delegations with over 20,000 people.

Saigontourist Company has organized MICE tours for 14,000 people.

“MICE businesses have boomed. After the Lunar New Year holiday in
February Saigontourist has organised big tours for businesses to hold review
meetings and ceremonies for awarding employees. In March we had a record 750 delegates
on the Da Nang-Hoi An tour,” Hoang Thuy Linh, deputy director of marketing and
IT at Saigontourist, said.

Vu Thi Thanh Hien, deputy director of the five-star Hotel Grand
Saigon, said: “[My] hotel has capitalised on this market. We will continue to
improve services, products and accommodation. We also enhance marketing of the
city … as MICE organisers.”

The city’s Department of Tourism has organised training courses
for tour guides, restaurants and hotels on food safety and hygiene and signed
pacts with other sectors to better serve tourists.  

It has also signed agreements with the European Chamber of
Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) and the Vietnam Airport Ground Services Co Ltd
(VIAGS) for boosting tourism.

It will work with EuroCham to promote MICE and cuisine tourism to
the city in 2022-2024.

They will strengthen market research and human resources training,
and share experiences in tourism management and operation.

They will step up direct promotion to popularise the city among
more European firms and citizens in the country and abroad.

EuroCham Chairman Alain Cany said the tourism sector is recovering
and EuroCham appreciated Vietnam’s reopening to tourists and the visa exemption
for Europeans.

EuroCham hopes to help the city strengthen its capacity to
research, develop its website and train human resources, he added.

In 2022-27 the city and VIAGS will co-ordinate for market research
and developing a tourism trademark for the city, thus attracting more MICE tourists.

Travel companies said the favourite destinations in the country
for MICE tours are Phu Quoc Island and Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Phan
Thiet, Vung Tau, Sa Pa, and Dien Bien cities.

Customers prefer destinations with natural scenic spots and good
infrastructure and services to accommodate large delegations./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-city-promotes-mice-tourism/233558.vnp

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Vietnam named leading heritage destination in 2022

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Vietnam’s tourism destinations and brands have been named in the top 16 award categories of the 2022 World Travel Awards, with the country named the World’s Leading Heritage Destination for the third time since 2019.

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Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-named-leading-heritage-destination-in-2022/244298.vnp

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Wild sunflowers bathe Dien Bien in gold

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The northern mountainous province of Dien Bien turns yellow in November as “Hoa da quy” (wild sunflowers) are in full bloom throughout its forests and valleys.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/wild-sunflowers-bathe-dien-bien-in-gold/244529.vnp

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Conditions in place for Vietnam to boost wellness tourism

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Wellness tourism is becoming increasingly popular among travellers, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, and Vietnam is believed to hold much potential for developing it.

Conditions in place for Vietnam to boost wellness tourism hinh anh 1Tourists enjoy their time at the Nui Than Tai (God of Fortune) hot spring park in Da Nang city. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – Wellness tourism is becoming increasingly popular among travellers, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, and Vietnam is believed to hold much potential for developing it.

The country boasts many advantages for wellness tourism, including about 3,260km of coastline which is home to a large number of beautiful beaches such as Tra Co, Ha Long, Cat Ba, Cua Lo, Lang Co, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Long Hai, Vung Tau, and Phu Quoc, to name a few; and various islands of all sizes that are suitable for relaxation and health improvement.

Besides, the country also houses rich mineral water resources, about 400 hot spring sources nationwide, that can be used in health care or production of bottled water. A diversity of herbal plants, about 3,850 species, is also a source of materials for traditional medicine or nutritional food. A system of historical and cultural relic sites, including Buddhist temples and Zen monasteries, with scenic landscapes can also be optimised to develop wellness tourism, according to the Institute for Tourism Development Research under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Over the recent past, many localities have moved to promote wellness tourism on the basis of their potential and advantages.

The Mekong Delta province of Long An has been known for many special ecological, relaxation, and wellness tourism products among domestic and foreign visitors. A highlight is relaxation and wellness tourism services in the “Canh dong bat tan” (Endless Field) tourism area in Moc Hoa district.

The Long An provincial Tourism Promotion Centre said this tourism area, operated by the Mephydica company, is supplying sightseeing and wellness tourism services and also producing herbal products, becoming a typical ecological and wellness tourism site of the province as well as the Mekong Delta as a whole.

Deputy Director of Mephydica Duong Van Toan noted all tourism products here are based on nature to help visitors relax and improve their physical and spiritual health.

Located in the southeastern region, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province also boasts various of wellness tourism products connected with maritime and insular resources in Vung Tau and Ba Ria cities, as well as Con Dao and Long Dien districts.

Trinh Hang, Director of the provincial Tourism Department, said Ba Ria-Vung Tau is renowned for many beautiful beaches and attractive landscapes, making it an ideal destination for maritime, relaxation, and MICE tourism.

He noted its Vung Tau city, with sunshine duration of up to 2,000 – 2,600 hours per year, an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, and low rainfall, offers a variety of wellness tourism products for travellers to enjoy.

The Binh Chau – Ho Tram – Ho Linh complex is another worth-to-visit place in the province as it is home to primeval forests, about 43km of perennial rivers, and hot springs, which are all favourable conditions for health improvement. The Con Dao tourism complex with imposing and beautiful natural landscapes, rich biodiversity, mild climate, pristine islands, and hot springs is also suitable for those planning to seek a destination for refreshing themselves and regaining energy, according to the official./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/conditions-in-place-for-vietnam-to-boost-wellness-tourism/244395.vnp

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