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HCMC to open shopping centers catering to foreign tourists
Dao Loan
Friday,  Oct 6, 2017,14:25 (GMT+7)

HCMC to open shopping centers catering to foreign tourists

Dao Loan

Foreign tourists are buying souvenirs at the HCMC Central Post Office - PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC – HCMC will have two brand new shopping centers catering to foreign tourists with a variety of made-in-Vietnam souvenirs and products, and Vietnamese food in late this year or early 2018.

One of them will cover a total area of 1,000 square meters on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, with two or three floors. The investor has plans to open the center in the next few months, according to Bui Ta Hoang Vu, director of the HCMC Department of Tourism.

“The city has plenty of shopping and dining destinations, but most of them are small-scale and scattered every where, making them unattractive to foreign tourists and inaccessible to tourist buses. Therefore, the city needs large centers with a wide range of services and products, and large parking space,” said Vu.

Developing shopping centers is part of the city’s strategy to boost shopping tourism.

At a working session at the head office of the HCMC People’s Committee on Wednesday, vice chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen asked the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade to cooperate with Vietnam Airlines, supermarkets and commercial centers to launch the Promotional Products Week late this year.
Vietnam Airlines has agreed to offer promotional tickets during the week to lure more foreign tourists.

Data of the HCMC People’s Committee shows that the city attracted 4.2 million foreign tourists in the year to date, up 16.6% compared to the same period last year. Tourism revenue reached over VND84.5 trillion (about US$3.72 billion) in January-September, up 10% year-on-year.

Vu said HCMC will in December release data on the tourists’ length of stay and spending, which has never been officially calculated and published before.

From this year on, the city will annually conduct surveys on tourists’ length of stay and spending, in addition to the number of tourist arrivals, to make more effective tourism development plans.

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