Royal Caribbean International commits to bringing cruise tourists to Vietnam

Thursday, 24/08/2023 09:52
A ceremony has been held by the Royal Caribbean International Group (RCI) in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau in order to celebrate the recovery of the international cruise industry and the group committed to bringing tourists to Vietnam.
Managing Director and Vice President of Asia-Pacific of the RCI Group Angie Stephen speaking at the event (Photo: VOV)

The event was held after Spectrum of the Seas, one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships, brought more than 4,000 international tourists, mainly from the United States, the UK, Australia, and Asian countries, to Vietnam.

Speaking at the ceremony, Managing Director and Vice President of Asia-Pacific of the RCI Group Angie Stephen emphasised that the group has longed to bring passengers back to Vietnam, particularly as it is a popular destination for international tourists.

She said that this year has seen the shipping line add Vietnam to two new itineraries, with the cruise ship returning to the country this September and October, adding that the group will bring more new ships to visit Vietnam next year.

For his part, Director of the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh said Vietnam is willing to become a longer and more frequent stopover for cruise travelers during their journey to discover Asia and Southeast Asia.

He emphasized that visa policy and procedures aimed at welcoming more cruise passengers at Vietnamese seaports have been significantly improved compared to the previous period.

Tran Thi Thu Hien, Deputy Director of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Department of Tourism, said the locality plans to promote Ba Ria - Vung Tau at a specialised fair on cruise tourism in Hong Kong (China) this October, and it is prepared to welcome more cruise ships ahead in 2024.

Ba Ria - Vung Tau will continue improving infrastructure, and building products associated with indigenous cultural traditions to serve cruise customers, she added./.