Vietnam would have been able to launch more effective campaigns to promote its tourism had it had a deeper pocket, the head of the country’s tourism administration said Sunday. The tight budget earmarked annually for the tourist industry is meant for a number of different activities so intensifying promotional tasks is a tough issue, Nguyen Van Tuan, chief of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said at a meeting in Hanoi. The event, intended to seek solutions for improving the effectiveness of Vietnamese tourism promotion campaigns, was held as part of the Vietnam International Travel Mart 2015, which is running in the capital city from April 3 to 6. The travel mart, the largest of its kind in Vietnam, is organized at a time when the Southeast Asian country is grappling to lure more international holidaymakers, with arrival number plunges recorded for most of its traditional markets such as China, Russia, and the EU. Vietnam generates around US$700 … [Read more...] about Vietnam blames ineffective tourism promotion campaigns on shoestring budget
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While Vietnam has been losing its tourism appeal to holidaymakers worldwide, tourists from the Southeast Asian country are valued customers of many tour organizers in other countries as they are willing to pay for overseas trips. Around five million Vietnamese people spent their holidays outside the country last year, a healthy growth rate of up to 20 percent, according to the Vietnam Travel Association. The figure is expected to continue rising this year and Vietnam has emerged as a potential market for travel firms around the globe, the association said. "If each Vietnamese vacationer spends an average of US$300 per trip, Vietnam loses some $1.5 billion from tourist spending annually," said the association’s deputy chairman Vu The Binh. This is quite contrary to the fact that the number of international tourists choosing to spend their holidays in Vietnam during the first two months of this year dropped 10.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according to … [Read more...] about As Vietnam struggles to attract foreign tourists, more Vietnamese take overseas trips
Local travel agencies have reported surges in the number of outbound tours booked for New Year for a taste of the cold climate and fireworks shows in the countries, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). VNAT reported representatives of travel firms, including Vietrantour, Fiditour, Saigontourist and Vietravel as saying that more outbound tours for Christmas and New Year have been purchased and booked compared to domestic ones. Several appealing outbound tours for the holiday have been fully booked. The number of tourists has risen by 10-28%, they said. Tran Thi Bao Thu, of Fiditour Co., said tourists began booking for Christmas and New Year outbound tours to regional and farther countries at her company since early November. The number has risen by 25% – 28% so far, she added. Meanwhile, Vietravel, another major local travel firm, said most tours to European countries, the US, and Australia are fully booked. The company has seen an … [Read more...] about Outbound packages dominate Vietnam’s New Year tour market
Vietnam's first luxury tour operator has pinned high hope on expanding its British clientele following its successful show at the recent World Travel Market London 2012. Pham Ha, CEO and founder of Luxury Travel held high level meetings with representatives of a large number of companies and the leaders of the luxury tourism industry. "There are many tour operators and travel agents who are interested in our award winning luxury tour operations and who are looking for new luxury travel products in Vietnam thanks to new direct flights and huge demand from British travelers. Vietnam is getting more and more popular in the UK and Ireland markets and we have many new contracts and accounts. We are seeing particular demand for Myanmar and the biggest growth is expected for this country, which is becoming more popular in the UK due to political changes and new developments. Further, this year again, Luxury Travel is an official supporter of Responsible Tourism Day at WTM," said Ha. … [Read more...] about Luxury Travel Vietnam has a successful show at WTM London 2012.
Vietnam has reported its first year-to-date trade surplus since 2006, as companies slash overseas purchases of equipment and raw materials amid tumbling demand. Oil tanks at the Dung Quat Oil Refinery, Vietnamâ€™s first such facility, in the central province of Quang Ngai. The country imported 26.2 percent fewer oil products by volume but the value fell 60 percent to $753 million during the first two months. … [Read more...] about Vietnam reports trade-balance surplus for first time since 2006