Vietnam to join fewer travel fairs abroad By Dao Loan – The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Vietnam will participate in fewer travel fairs this year than last year as the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is tightening the purse strings to focus resources on significant events. Vietnam last year joined 10 events but the number this year is just seven, said Nguyen Van Tuan, head of VNAT. Tuan told the Daily that the administration was centering on important fairs, particularly those in key markets for the country’s tourism sector. ITB Berlin, TRAVEX for ASEAN markets and CITM in China are among the favorites. “We need to save the tourism promotion budget by withdrawing from the events of less significance and at the same time, improving the design of the national display pavilion,” he said. A local news report this week said a couple of companies had turned down VNAT’s invitations to go to Singapore, China and Japan late this year for travel fairs, citingVNAT’s lack of professionalism. However, Tuan said he had not heard about this. “Many companies have registered for these fairs. I’m not aware of any complaint and the news report,” he said. VNAT, he said, would listen to suggestions and complaints on tourism promotion projects and programs so that it could improve them.