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Tourism sectors in Vietnam, India seek ways to overcome obstacles

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A webinar on the prospects for Vietnam-India tourism cooperation in the post-pandemic era was held on September 17, bringing together representatives from some 200 travel companies, hotels, and media agencies in the two countries.

Tourism sectors in Vietnam, India seek ways to overcome obstacles hinh anh 1Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu speaks at the event (Photo: VNA)

 

New Delhi – A webinar on the
prospects for Vietnam-India tourism cooperation in the post-pandemic era was held
on September 17, bringing together representatives from some 200 travel
companies, hotels, and media agencies in the two countries.

Aiming to identify measures to recover and foster
the two countries’ tourism sectors in the “new normal” following the pandemic, the
was co-held by the Embassy of Vietnam in India, the Policy Times
newspaper, and the Millennial India International Chamber of Commerce –
Industry and Agriculture (MIICCIA).

It was the second programme in the 2020
Vietnam-India Business Forum, which is hoped to connect enterprises in various
fields from the two countries.

Vietnam-India tourism cooperation has thrived in
recent years, especially since the launch of direct air routes. Like so many
things, though, it has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delegates at the webinar affirmed that Vietnam and
India hold huge potential in tourism cooperation.

Though now is still not a suitable time to resume
tourism cooperation fully, the webinar offered the chance for the two sides to
discuss the obstacles and challenges facing the tourism sectors and prepare
stimulus programmes once the pandemic is brought under control.

It also helped travel companies and hotels introduce
products and bolster their cooperation, thereby enhancing relations between the
two countries in general.

Addressing the webinar, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu called on authorities, organisations, and businesses in both countries to
bolster their engagement to overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic.

In addition to support from the Governments, he
proposed introducing flexible booking policies for tourists and urged airlines,
travel companies, and service providers to join hands and share information to
overcome this time of hardship, as well as devise plans on setting up travel
corridors to promote safe travel after COVID-19.

He added that in the post-pandemic era, tourism
management agencies, tourism associations, and tourism businesses in Vietnam
and India need to foster cooperation to address the consequences of
restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to explore opportunities
to re-open, attract investment, and arrange exchanges and air links.

Thanks to tourism promotions, the number of Indian holidaymakers
coming to Vietnam increased 25 percent each year from 2016 to 2019, while
Vietnamese visitors to India rose 17 percent.

In 2019 alone, close to 30,000 Vietnamese travelled to
India, while about 170,000 Indians visited Vietnam./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-sectors-in-vietnam-india-seek-ways-to-overcome-obstacles/185228.vnp

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2.95 million international tourists have visited Việt Nam so far this year

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International visitors enjoy kite skateboarding in Mũi Né in the south-central province of Bình Thuận. — VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Nearly 597,000 foreigners visited Việt Nam in November, an increase of 23.2 per cent month-on-month and 39.7 times the number of last November.

Việt Nam’s tourism reopening began in earnest with the resumption of international flights in the middle of March this year.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), in the first 11 months of this year, more than 2.95 million international visitors arrived in Việt Nam

The total figure is 21.1 times higher than that of the same period last year, but down 81.9 per cent on 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and still falls short of the 2022 target of five million foreign arrivals.

The number of international tourists travelling to Việt Nam by air accounts for 88.9 per cent; 11.1 per cent came by road, and 0.03 per cent by sea.

Foreign tourists visiting downtown HCM City on xích lô (cyclos). VNA/VNS Photo Hồng Đạt

The majority of tourists, 2.076 million, came from other Asian countries, up 17.5 times compared to the first 11 months of last year. European visitors numbered 415,600 (up 29.8 times); 323,400 came from the Americas (up 67.1 times); 129,700 from Oceania (up 115.7 times), and 9,500 from Africa (up 7.4 times).

The country is estimated to have taken VNĐ536.3 trillion (US$21.6 billion) from accommodation and catering services, up 56.5 per cent year-on-year, while revenue in the travel and tourism industry was estimated at VNĐ22.9 trillion, a 4.1-fold increase compared to that of the same period last year.

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism launched an email system, the first of its kind, to promote Vietnamese tourism at https://mail.vietnam.travel.

Tourism authorities earlier this year set out a target of welcoming five million foreign visitors in 2022.

In 2019, Việt Nam’s tourism industry served more than 18 million international visitors and 85 million domestic tourists. However, in 2021, international visitors to Việt Nam only reached 157,300, and the number of domestic tourists was only 40 million. The country’s revenue from tourism last year was VNĐ180 trillion. Travel firms fell into a serious crisis as 90-95 per cent faced severe operational disruption. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/travel/295-million-international-tourists-have-visited-viet-nam-so-far-this-year_339649.html

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Buckwheat Flower Festival becomes tourist icon of Ha Giang

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The Buckwheat Flower Festival has returned for an eighth time in Dong Van district in the northernmost province of Ha Giang, and has become a magnet for tourists from far and wide.

The eighth holding of the Buckwheat Flower Festival is now underway in Dong Van district, Ha Giang province, attracting a large number of both local and foreign visitors.

In preparation for the festival, the locality has grown hundreds of hectares of buckwheat flowers, which are expected to bloom between mid-October and late December.

Visitors can take in a floral road along Đong Van ancient street as well as various folk games of local ethnic minorities, sporting events, and traditional cuisine.

Buckwheat flowers on the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark have become a tourist icon of Ha Giang. Not just used as a traditional food by ethnic minority people, the flowers also bring a poetic beauty to the area, and are a unique feature of the mountainous highlands./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/buckwheat-flower-festival-becomes-tourist-icon-of-ha-giang/244809.vnp

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Rich street food culture celebrated in Coca-Cola campaign

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HCM CITY – Coca-Cola has rolled out its first-ever global meals experience campaign with Việt Nam being the first country in ASEAN & South Pacific to kick-off “COKE® is Cooking”.

The campaign aims to celebrate the rich street food culture and enhance people’s dining experience in many countries across the world.

Locally promoted as ‘Vietnam is Cooking’, the new meals experience leverages on the different passions of consumers, which include music, food, and entertainment, to connect and engage with them on a deeper level. Coca-Cola hosted two food festivals both online and offline – starting with HCM City followed by Hà Nội last October

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Photo Coca-Cola Vietnam

“The first ‘Eating all drooling food’ or ‘Ăn cho đã thèm’ food fest hosted in HCM City under ‘Việtnam is Cooking’ campaign attracted nearly 30,000 people in two days and had about 36,000 engagements online. Through the support of our partner foodies and content creators, we were not only able to showcase the best of Vietnamese street food but demonstrated that the real magic is in the co-shared experience of the festivities,” said Nguyễn Lan Yến, Marketing Manager of Coca-Cola Vietnam. 

The company has partnered with Shopee Food and around 700 selected restaurant and retail partners. The beverage brand aspires to reach a total of over 29 million Internet users and around 60,000 people to participate in the Coca-Cola ‘Vietnam is Cooking’ festivities prepared online and in-person activations nationwide. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/dining/rich-street-food-culture-celebrated-in-coca-cola-campaign_339675.html

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