Conference promotes Vietnamese tourism in Thailand

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Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu speaks at the event.
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NDO - A coference to discuss ways to promote Vietnamese tourism among Thai people and international friends was held in Bangkok on September 29.

The event was jointly organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism), the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Council of Thailand.

Representatives of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism introduced Vietnam’s potentials to the delegates, including political stability, open-minded and hospitable people, 3,200 km-long coastline, being one of the ten countries holding the longest coastline in the world, a number of world heritage sites recognised by the UNESCO and also various cuisines, etc.

With such potentials and advantages, Vietnam has become an increasingly popular destination for international tourists. In the first eight months of this year, Vietnam welcomed nearly 10 million international arrivals, including nearly 200,000 Thai, up 23% over the same period last year. The country is expected to welcome around 13 million foreign visitors in 2017.

Speaking at the workshop, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu praised Thailand's initiative to link tourist destinations in the regional and international frameworks, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand (CLMVT), the Ayeywady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS). Vietnam and Thailand can take advantage of this initiative in order to extend the journey of Vietnamese tourists to Thailand and vice versa, he noted. He also called for closer coordination between relevant agencies and travel agents between the two countries.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Hai Bang emphasised that in the context of good relations between Vietnam and Thailand, especially in terms of politics and economics, the two countries should further promote cooperation in tourism, with the motto "two countries, one destination".

Representative from the Tourism Authority of Thailand Pichai Raktasinha affirmed that Vietnam has many advantages to develop the nations’ tourism; however the number of 13 million international visitors to Vietnam per year is still not adequate. He suggested that Vietnam should further implement tourism promotion programmes in order to bring the image of Vietnam closer to international friends.