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Vietnam’s travel firms move to optimise Japan’s tourism rebound

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Many travel companies of Vietnam are taking actions to make use of the rebound of tourism in Japan in recent months after the Japanese Government eased entry restrictions.

Vietnam’s travel firms move to optimise Japan’s tourism rebound hinh anh 1Tourists at an attraction in Japan (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo – Many
travel companies of Vietnam are taking actions to make use of the rebound of tourism
in Japan in recent months after the Japanese Government eased entry
restrictions.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic broke
out, tourism was a major contributor to the economy of Japan. The number of
foreign visitors to this country continually broke records between 2013 and
2019, and hit an all-time high of 31.88 million in 2019. However, the pandemic
triggered a nosedive in this figure to nearly 4.12 million in 2020 and 246,000
last year, mostly due to border closures.

The Northeast Asian nation reopened
its borders to international tourists in mid-June 2022 after an over-two-year
shutdown, but certain restrictions remained.

On October 11, it completely lifted
border control measures for foreigners and reintroduced the visa-free policy
for short-term travellers. Besides, the depreciation of the Japanese yen
compared to the US dollar and Vietnamese dong has also helped Japan become more
attractive to foreign tourists.

Estimates by the Japan National
Tourism Organisation show that in October, this country welcomed 498,600
international arrivals, more than doubling that in the previous month and
surging 22.5-fold from the same period last year. Notably, visitors from Vietnam
numbered 30,800, shooting up 30-fold year on year.

In
the first 10 months of 2022, Japan recorded over 1.5 million international
arrivals, up 616.7% year on year. That included 222,400 visitors from Vietnam,
soaring 809.9% and ranking second among sources of foreign tourists to this
country. 

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency, Le
Thi Lua, a Vietnamese entrepreneur who has lived in Japan for 24 years, said Japanese
people like the Vietnamese cuisine very much. The economy of Japan has been
recovering after the pandemic while its Government has also completely reopened
to foreign travellers since October, which is generating numerous opportunities
for the restaurant and hotel sector.

Given this, she decided to open an
80-seat restaurant named Vietnam Sky in Arakawa Ward in downtown Tokyo. She said
the newly opened restaurant has attracted many customers, including both
Japanese and Vietnamese.

In recent months, Yo Group, a company
supplying low-cost Japan tours for Vietnamese travellers, have also made
preparations to welcome tourists from the Southeast Asian country, including
purchasing some new buses.

Meanwhile, the number of Japanese
visitors to Vietnam remains modest though Vietnam has fully reopened to foreign
arrivals since March 15 and dropped the COVID-19 testing requirement for air
travellers since May 15, and many airlines, especially national flag carrier Vietnam
Airlines, has increased flights between the two countries.

Vietnam welcomed over 484,300
international arrivals in October, up 112%, including 23,800 from Japan –
ranking fifth among sources of foreign visitors to Vietnam. The 10-month number
of foreign visitors approximated 2.14 million, including only more than 77,200
from Japan, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Masahiko Inada, head of the outbound
tourism promotion division at the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA),
said Japanese people love travelling Vietnam, but they are still a little
worrying about pandemic safety when it comes to overseas trips.

However, he held that the number of
Japanese travelling abroad will gradually bounce back.

Echoing the view, Tran Thuy, Director
for Vietnam at Vivu Journeys of the Thien Minh Group (TMG), said Japanese
people are generally prudent tourists and pay attention to all safety factors. 

To attract Japanese visitors to
Vietnam, the TMG has designed suitable packages for them while expanding
its hotel system, she said, adding that it has worked almost continuously for
the last two years, when it has carried out many investment activities but many
other firms chose to “hibernate” amid international tourism suspension./. 

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnams-travel-firms-move-to-optimise-japans-tourism-rebound/244226.vnp

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Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider

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With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Domestic market to drive tourism recovery in 2023: insider hinh anh 1Visitors to Ba Den Mountain in Tay Ninh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – With stronger tourism growth forecast for this year, the domestic
market is expected to give the strongest boost to the recovery of this sector.

Not Chinese
travellers or any other sources of international tourists, it is the domestic
sector that will remain the “brightest” factor helping Vietnam’s tourism continue
recovering strongly in 2023, Nguyen Huu Y Yen, General Director of the Saigontourist
Travel Service Co. Ltd, said as cited by Thanh nien (Young people) newspaper.

He said
before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the three biggest sources of foreign
visitors to Vietnam were China, Russia, and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

Charter
flights from the RoK have been resumed just recently while there haven’t been
many Chinese tourists, and Russian tourists haven’t returned. The European and
US markets have begun to bounce back but are unlikely to record a breakthrough in
2023, he pointed out.

Yen
expected the number of international tourists in 2023 will return to about 50%
of the 2019 level. Meanwhile, in just over six months of 2022, the number of
domestic travellers rebounded to over 50% of the pre-pandemic level, and this
year’s figure will definitely reach 70 – 75%. Outbound tourism will also share
the same trend.

The
domestic market can regain the 2019 growth in 2024, the Saigontourist CEO predicted.

About 9
million Vietnamese travelled during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, surging 47.5%
year on year, statistics show.

Nguyen
Trung Khanh, General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism,
expressed his belief that 2023 will be a vibrant year for Vietnamese tourism in
terms of both domestic and international markets.

He cited
some experts as saying that the world will witness vigorous growth in travel
demand this year. As a bright spot in the global tourism map, Vietnam will
definitely not be out of this trend./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/domestic-market-to-drive-tourism-recovery-in-2023-insider/247667.vnp

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Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product

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Not only famous for its beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its unique taste.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 1Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi– Not only famous for its
beautiful natural landscapes, bridges and diverse cultural heritage as well as
hospitality of the locals, the central coastal city of Da Nang boasts rich food known to world tourists for its
unique taste.

A convergence of local specialties and those of nearby provinces and
foreign countries, Da Nang is considered as a representative of the rich
culinary heritage of Vietnam.

Some of must-try dishes include banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake),
mi Quang (Quang noodles), Banh trang cuon thit heo (sliced pork rolled with
rice paper), goi ca Nam O (Nam O fish salad), among others.

According to the municipal Department of Tourism, there are now
more than 4,000 dining establishments and 200 restaurants in the city. Of this, over 2,000 small- and medium-sized ones specialise in dishes of
all regions of Vietnam.

Besides the taste of local dishes, foreign tourists can find themselves in a familiar atmosphere as they are surrounded with those from the Republic of Korea, China,
Japan, and Thailand.

Over the past time, the Da Nang’s Tourism Promotion Centre and the Da Nang Cuisine Culture Association have jointly organised food festivals and competitions, and promoted the city’s famous dishes on internet platforms
such as YouTube and TikTok.

Da Nang promotes food into unique tourism product hinh anh 2Son Tra night market (Photo:VNA)

Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Xuan Binh said to attract more tourists,
the city has developed a plan to promote the locality’s cuisine into a
unique tourism product during 2023-2025, with a vision to 2030.

The plan aims to diversify and form a system of such products, thus greatly contributing to building the brand and
image of the city’s tourist destinations, promoting economic development,
generating revenue, effectively exploiting the value chains, and preserving and
enhancing the exchange of cultural values to tourists./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/da-nang-promotes-food-into-unique-tourism-product/247662.vnp

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Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January

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The Vietnamese tourism industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic ​tourists in January hinh anh 1Tourism sector serves 13 million domestic tourists in January (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – The Vietnamese tourism
industry served 13 million domestic tourists in January, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Total revenue from tourists during the month was estimated at 46 trillion VND (1.96 billion USD).

During the seven-day Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday that lasted from January 20-26, the country was estimated to serve 9 million
domestic visitors, an increase of about 47.5% compared to the 2022 Tet, with an estimated revenue of 17.5 trillion VND.

The local tourism sector targets 110 million tourists this year, including 8
million foreign visitors and 102 million domestic holiday-makers; and earn some
650 trillion VND from the non-smoke industry.

In 2022, Vietnam recorded around 101.3 million domestic tourists, exceeding the yearly plan by 68.3% . The tourism sector booked some 495 trillion VND (21.1 billion USD) in revenue, 23% higher than the target, thanks to the whopping number of domestic tourists./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/tourism-sector-serves-13-million-domestic-tourists-in-january/247635.vnp

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