Saturday, December 29, 2007

Viet Nam targets 5 million foreign visitors in 2008

Viet Nam targets to welcome 5 million foreign visitors in 2008, or a year-on-year increase of 19 percent.

At a conference on the tourism sector’s 2008 tasks held in Ha Noi on December 27, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh stressed that the sector in 2008 and following years will focus on advertisement and market expansion.

According to him, the sector should pay attention to developing tourist products as well as personnel training to meet the customers’ requirements. It should also mobilise all resources to develop entertainment facilities, particularly for community-based tourism, with an aim to reduce poverty.

The Tourism Administration announced an impressive record of 4.2 million foreign visitors in 2007, up 17.2 percent over 2006.

China led the country’s top ten biggest markets with over 500,000 visitors, followed by the Republic of Korea with 440,000, the US with 376,000. The number of visitors from Japan, Taiwan , Australia and France also increased.

In 2007, Viet Nam became one of the 20 most favourite destinations selected by 30,000 readers worldwide of the Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

Viet Nam’s tourism sector in 2007 received 47 investment projects capitalised at 1.8 billion USD, a surge of 196 percent over last year. Thus since 1988 up to now, 235 foreign-invested projects have injected 6.16 billion USD into the sector.