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HCMC aims to attract 8.5 million international tourists
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HCMC aims to attract 8.5 million international tourists

The Saigon Times Daily

Foreign tourists are seen in downtown HCMC - PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC – The HCMC Department of Tourism plans to organize a range of activities to introduce the city’s tourism products and services at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) and the Travel Exchange (Travex) fair 2019, which are taking place in Quang Ninh Province from January 13 to 19, to fulfill its target of welcoming 8.5 million international tourists this year, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

In addition to the target for international visitors, up 14% against last year, the city tourism sector is set to draw 32.7 million local travelers to the city in 2019, up 13% against 2018, according to Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Tourism. The city also aims for VND150 trillion in tourism revenue, a 14.5% rise against last year.

In participating in ATF 2019 and Travex 2019, the city is striving to create a reputation as a gateway to the region and a tourist destination, showing the convergence of a wealth of Vietnamese cultural characteristics.

Further, HCMC introduced its program titled, “Program Stimulates Tourism 2019,” featuring eight new tours, to firms at both events to attract more travelers.

The events gave the city’s tourism sector a chance to learn about the experience hosting an international fair, helping the city achieve its aim to boost tourism promotion activities in 2019.

Huynh Van Son, a tourism expert, suggested that the city better develop tourism attractions and products, mainly those highlighting the national and cultural characteristics of the outlying districts of Can Gio and Cu Chi. Taking the Cu Chi Tunnels as an example, Son pointed out that the tourist site has been attracting large numbers of visitors for a long time.

An interesting tourist site built and developed in the city will contribute to lengthening international tourists’ stay, Son said.

Some experts also noted that as HCMC is a modern industrial and financial hub and is poised to become the financial center of the region, its tourism sector should be developed in collaboration with the development of the trade and service sector to appeal to more visitors.

To establish a system of attractive and characteristic tourism products successfully, the leader of the municipal Department of Tourism said, the department would continue to trial six tour programs proposed for the 2018-2020 period and enhance sports- and agriculture-based tourism products to serve travelers.

In related news, the 22nd Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers opened in the northern province of Quang Ninh on January 17 within the framework of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2019.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien asked ASEAN national tourism organizations to foster cooperation in all aspects to improve service quality and facilitate tourists’ travel.

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