|Foreigners visit the former imperial |
capital city of Hue (Photo: VNA)
The initiative is an opportunity to promote the country’s landscapes, people and culture and draw more tourists to Viet Nam from Australia, as well as a chance for businesses from both nations to explore co-operation activities and expand their market.
Speaking at a conference on tourism promotion on August 3, Hoang Nhan Chinh, head of secretary of the Tourism Advisory Board, said that in the future, the General Department of Tourism, Vietnam Airlines, Ha Noi Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Centre, and the Tourism Advisory Board would co-ordinate and set up tourism booths at leading global trade shows, such as WTA London in the UK and ITB Berlin in Germany.
In 2016, Ha Noi spent 2 million USD on CNN (Cable News Network) promoting tourism and investment in the country. This April, CNN telecast a 30-minute programme showcasing some of the capital’s stunning landscapes and its popular spots, including the iconic Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake, the bustling Old Quarter, as well as some of its signature cuisine.
Viet Nam aims to welcome 13-15 million foreign tourists this year. Currently, the country’s annual budget on tourism promotion is 2 million USD. To compare, Thailand spends 60 million USD and receives over 30 million international tourists every year.