Promoting aviation and tourism development

Saturday, 06/07/2024 15:49
(CPV) - Tourism is an integrated economic sector with an interdisciplinary and inter-regional nature. Sustainable development needs to be created by many factors such as visas, destination services, transportation, security and order. In the current recovery context, cooperation between tourism and aviation is an urgent issue for the common benefit of the national economy.
 Localities, tourism businesses and airlines need to coordinate more closely in promoting destinations and tourism products. Photo: To Quoc Newspaper

In 2024, Vietnam's tourism industry aims to welcome from 17 to 18 million international visitors; serving 110 million domestic visitors; Total revenue from tourism reached about 840 trillion VND. Economic experts assess that tourism and aviation have a close relationship, together creating mutual development, inseparable in the development process.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, for domestic air transport activities, currently, Vietnamese airlines operate 45 routes connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang with 19 local airports, making nearly 600 flights per day. In 2023, the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route will be the most exploited with nearly 43,000 flights, accounting for 17.5% of domestic flights. This is also a route recognized in the Top 10 busiest routes in the world in 2023.

At present, the international aviation market has 63 foreign regular airlines and four domestic airlines operating 164 international routes, connecting 33 countries and territories to six destinations in Vietnam, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Phu Quoc and Da Lat. The international flight network has been completely restored as before the COVID-19 epidemic and continues to expand to new markets in Central Asia, India and Australia.

"International air transport has contributed to strong growth in international tourism with 7.6 million international tourists coming to Vietnam in the first five months of 2024, an increase of 61.7% over the same period last year, increased by 3.9% over the same period in 2019 and expected to reach 18 million passengers in 2024," said Mr. Do Hong Cam, Deputy Director of Vietnam Airlines.

To achieve the goal of welcoming nearly 130 million international and domestic tourists in 2024, the role of aviation is huge. According to statistics, currently, tourists to Vietnam by air account for a very high proportion, nearly 80% compared to other modes of transport.

Passengers check in at Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi). Photo: Quang Ninh Newspaper 

Even in the short term, achieving the tourism industry's 2024 target becomes challenging in the context that the recovery of aviation and domestic tourism continues to face unfavorable factors in the general difficulty of the global economy, especially in the face of unpredictable developments from the world geopolitical situation, inflation and climate change.

Economic experts assess that tourism and aviation are like "wings" that together contribute to economic development. In the terrain conditions stretching from north to south of our country, means of air transport have more advantage than others. Aviation is the launching pad of the tourism industry, attracting investment, trade and international relations./.

Compiled by BTA