Dubbed as a smoke-free industry, Vietnam tourism industry is a potential sector and presently, Vietnam has become the top choice destination for foreign visitors.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has just announced the list of the top fastest tourism growing countries in the world. Notably, Vietnam ranks 7th in the list, with an increase of 24.6% in foreign visitors in 2016, just behind other 2 countries in the same continent which are Nepal (increases by 39.7%, ranks 2nd) and South Korea (increases by 30.3%, ranks 4th). Other Asian countries on the list include Japan at 8th and Indonesia at 20th. The Sierra Leone nation, which is located in West Africa, topped the list with an increase of 310% in 2016.
According to the General Statistics Office, international visitors coming to Vietnam in the first 6 months of 2017 were estimated at 6,206.3 thousand people, increases by 30.2% over the same period last year. In which arrivals by air reached 5,212 thousand people, increases by 33%; by road reached 823.5 thousand people, increases by 15.8%; by sea reached 170.8 thousand people, increases by 26%.
Of the international visitors to Vietnam in the first half of 2017, led by visitors from Asia with 4,572.7 thousand people, accounting for 73.7%. Followed by visitors from Europe with 979.3 thousand people, accounting for 15.8%.
To promote Vietnam tourism on the Internet, on July 9th, the Tourism Information Center, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will officially launch new website “vietnamtourism.com” and special pages “Travel Destination” in English. This new interface is expected to contribute to improve the efficiency of Vietnam’s online travel advertising on the internet, creating novelty, modern features and interfaces, getting tourists centered to change the way to access and provide information to visitors.
Also for the purpose of serving tourists, on June 30th, Hanoi Transport Corporation (Hanoi Transerco) has tested a two-stage bus named City Tour.
With a value of about 7-9 billion VND, the bus is painted in bright red color for visitors to easily identify, the car equipped with 4G wifi system, many modern equipments, accessories to support up, down and lock the wheelchair in the cab for disabled clients. The 2nd floor has mobile roof to cover sun and rain.
The bus is designed for Vietnam tourism market to develop city tour product. It is expected that the first 10 buses will be put into use in July 2017. If the test run successful, Hanoi Transerco will order to produce this product domestically, scheduled to officially start operation in the next 2 months.