The tourism industry in Vietnam is hoping to have a great year in 2008. Officials from the government are expecting an increase of 20 percent from the 2007. Typically a cheap destination, Vietnam is expanding it’s list of tourist destinations to include cruise ships golf courses, destination-style resorts offering all inclusive amenities and facilities.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism advised members of the tourism to increase their marketing efforts and raise the awareness of travelers about Vietnam’s numerous attractions. The travel shows will likely see the presence of more people in promoting traveling to Vietnam.
Hosts for visitors to Vietnam can be encouraged to design places and activities that will attract the world’s most travelled tourists. Training in the field of customer service was highlighted, which indicates that the Vietnamese government is aware of the concept of a “happy customer” in today’s free market economy. The local communities have been encouraged to create their own tourism attractions to boost tourism, and provide employment opportunities for the local population. The last couple of years have seen an enormous rise in “touristy” type activities: beauty contests, skydiving and surf sailing competitions as well “eco-tourism” has made it’s appearance in the local lexicon.
4.2 million foreign tourists soaked up the numerous tourist attractions to Explore one vietnam in 2007 saw an increase of 17% from the year 2006. The nations that comprise that include the United States, France and Australia well-known for their traveler’s population were overwhelmed by more than double the amount of Chinese as well as South Koreans. Taiwan and Japan have also contributed to the number of tourists. The rise of bargain-price airlines in this part of the globe has helped Vietnamese neighbors to the country – be prepared to see middle-class Thais walking Hoian’s streets. Hoian. Long distance travelers from different parts of the world can fly into any cities within Southeast Asia and then save money by taking advantage of discount airlines that allow them to travel across the region at a minimal cost. Saigon, Hanoi and, even Danang are attracting travelers this way.
Conde Nast Traveler magazine polled 30000 world travelers on their top travel destinations. Vietnam was listed as one of the top 20 places to visit in 2007.
Foreign capital is extremely excited about the potential for tourism in Vietnam. Billions have been placed by some of the top developers in the world, like Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talil.
The most significant gains are evident by the growth in “small-time operators” in Vietnam’s tourism industry. Internet cafes are everywhere and small tour boat operators offer half-day cruises, private cars offer local transportation and foreign guide/drivers who speak English. The tailor, craft and souviner shops are all over the place. Farmers are growing vegetables and fruits for hotels and restaurants. They’re also thriving.
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