In the morning on May 2, at the session about tourism in the Vietnam Private Sector Economic Forum 2019, travel enterprises and functional authorities have discussed the barriers to development to attract 17-20 million international visitors by 2020. During the discussion, visa emerged as one of the major roadblocks to private sector representatives.
The Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City launched a tourism festival in the city on April 11 under the theme “Happy Summer 2019”. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Director of the department Bui Ta Hoang Vu said several promotion programmes are offered at the four-day event.
The new joint Belgium, Germany and Italy Visa Application Center was inaugurated in Da Nang city on March 22. The centre is located at the ACB Building in Phuoc Ninh ward of the city’s Hai Chau district. Applicants in central Viet Nam no longer have to travel to either Ha Noi or Ho Chi Minh City to apply for visas.
Vietnamese visa is a kind of travel documents granted by Vietnamese competent authorities, providing permission to travel to and enter Vietnam.
With the changes to the visa policies, the tourism industry hopes to get 17-20 million foreign visitors by 2020 and revenues of $35 billion a year, contributing 10 percent to the country’s GDP compared to 7.5 percent last year.
Viet Nam targets to cater for 103 million guests, including 18 million international guests in 2019, said Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien. Minister Thien made the announcement later last week at a conference to review operation of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism’s performance in 2018 and sketch out its plans for 2019.
As many as 11.6 million foreign visitors to Viet Nam in the first nine months of 2018, a year-on-year increase of 22.9%, according to the General Statistics Office.
The numbers of foreign visitors travelling by air, sea and road reached 9.4 million, 190,805 and two million, witnessing respective increases of 17.4%, 0.5% and 62.1%.
Nha Trang, Danang, and Phu Quoc are witnessing a boom in the condotel business segment. However, in Vietnam, the trend now is of short trips and self-discovery drives, and these places do not really fit the bill. However, Ho Tram Strip and its new addition, Ramada Kahuna, are the next promising destination for investment in condotels.