|Badr Abbas (L), senior vice president at the Far East Commercial Operations of Emirates, shakes hands with Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the HCMC Department of Tourism, at a signing ceremony held on October 24 in Dubai|
The signing ceremony took place at a conference on promoting trade, investment and tourism in HCMC, held in Dubai, on the occasion of the municipal chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong’s visit to the United Arab Emirates from October 22 to 25.
Under the agreement, the UAE-based carrier and HCM City, Vietnam’s tourism hub, will team up to organize a slew of marketing events, roadshows and tourism exchange activities to attract more tourists from the United Arab Emirates to visit the city and vice versa, according to the municipal tourism department.
Badr Abbas, senior vice president at the Far East Commercial Operations of Emirates, in a media release said that the carrier wants to work with local tourism and trade agencies to introduce HCM City as a tourist destination and a commercial center in the region as well as in the world.
The airline currently operates direct daily flights to HCM City and Hanoi. Regarding HCM City, it has transported more than 1.25 million passengers to and from the city since its expansion to this city six years ago, he said, adding that Dubai is among the top five destinations of visitors from HCM City.
At the conference, the carrier also signed a memorandum of understanding with the city in the field of commerce. In particular, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, will collaborate with the HCM City Tourism Promotion Center to bolster commercial activities across the two locations.
Last year, Emirates SkyCargo transported nearly 50,000 tons of import-export commodities of Vietnam, rising 21% year-on-year.
Besides this, during the given period, the volume of Vietnamese fruit and vegetable products, comprising rambutan, mango and litchi, which were shipped to Dubai by Emirates SkyCargo, increased five times versus the year-ago period.
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