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Tourism revenue totaled VND620 trillion

At a meeting assessing tasks of 2018 and realizing assignments for 2019, the association stressed that the industry fulfilled important targets and received many prestigious titles of global tourism awards.

Targets of international and domestic tourists and tourism turnover grew significantly and surpassed the set plan, making great contribution to GDP of many localities and the whole country. In 2018, Vietnam greeted about 15.5 million foreign tourists, a year-on-year rise of 19.4%. Of this, domestic tourists numbered 80 million, a year-on-year rise of 9.3%. Total tourism turnover reached more than VND620 trillion, a year-on-year rise of 21.4%.

Key targets for 2019

A representative from the Vietnam Tourism Association said, in 2019, the organization set targets to contribute to fostering tourism into a spear-head economic sector such as developing members and establishing branches, organizing tourism programs and new tourism products of tourism association clusters of 16 northern localities, Mekong Delta provinces, and central and Central Highlands provinces.

In addition, the association will closely coordinate with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) to organize action plan of the Government, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and realize Resolution 08-NQ/TW of the Politburo on developing tourism into a spear-head economic sector.

The two sides will cooperate to further promote, supervise, and investigate the implementation of Tourism Law and decree in dealing with violations in tourism business.

The organization will coordinate with training centers to organize courses to improve professional skills and management skills for staff and managers, realize coordinative programs on training human resources for Vietnam’s tourism and develop pilot community ecotourism models in Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue and other localities nationwide.

It will also associate with VNAT to carry out various promotion activities to develop products in key markets in order to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam, especially countries with visa exemption extended by the Government; boost international cooperation; attract external human resources; expand markets; organize fairs and promote tourism with Asian countries and travel associations of the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea./.

Van Anh