Hanoi (VNA) – The mobilization of social resources for tourism infrastructure has helped Vietnamese tourism to strengthen its position in the new period.
Vietnam’s tourism infrastructure has undergone various changes over the past two decades. The government has already highlighted the bottlenecks in the sector, namely asynchronous infrastructure, poor management of tourist destinations, and tourism development not in combination with environmental protection.
Vietnam’s tourism development strategy for 2020, with a perspective until 2030, which was approved by the Prime Minister, underlines the key point of view of focusing more on quality.
The mobilization of social resources for tourist infrastructure helped Vietnamese tourism to strengthen its position in the new period.
Both Vietnam’s tourism development strategy and the tourism development master plan for 2020, with a view to 2030, set the objective of making tourism a leading economic sector with an increasing share in the gross domestic product. (GDP) of the country, serving as an impetus for socio-economic development.
As a result, the sector has made efforts to further enhance quality and competitiveness.
Tourism officials suggested prioritizing financial resources, promoting the efficiency of tourism promotions, the application of information technology and creating optimal conditions for entry.
For its part, the Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNAT) aims to improve tourism infrastructure, tourism charms, environmental sustainability, security, health development and human resources.
With a coastline of over 3,000 km, 125 beaches, thousands of natural landscapes and cultural relics, if infrastructure improves, Vietnamese tourism should flourish, said VNAT deputy general manager Ha Van Sieu.
The tourism sector has experienced remarkable growth over the past 5-10 years.
In 2010, Vietnam had only 43 five-star hotels and resorts with nearly 11,000 rooms, and 110 four-star establishments with nearly 14,000 rooms. The figures jumped to 152 (52,000 rooms) and 276 (37,000 rooms) eight years later.
Arrivals of foreign tourists increased by a factor of 2.3 to reach 18 million, compared to 7.9 million during the period 2015-2019, registering an average growth of 22.7% per year. Meanwhile, the number of domestic tourists increased 1.5 times from 57 million to 85 million during the period under review.
Tourism revenues increased 2.1 times from VND 355 trillion to VND 755 trillion (US $ 32.65 billion) during the period, while the sector’s competitiveness index jumped by 12 places in the 63rd place in 2019. Vietnam is ranked among the 10 countries with the fastest tourism growth. in the world.
For tourism infrastructure to develop in a more sustainable manner, the participation of large investors is vital. After the government granted permits to large investors such as Vingroup, Sun Group, FLC and Vina Capital, among others, various entertainment complexes were built in key tourist destinations including Vinpearl Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Ha Long ; and cable car systems in Da Nang, Sa Pa and Ha Long.
Many major international tourism brands have come to Vietnam, such as Accor, Marriott, Hyatt, Intercontinental, HG and Four Seasons, which have helped improve the management and quality of tourism in the country.
These brands have also helped Vietnam achieve prestigious international and national tourism awards. Vietnam was named Asia’s # 1 Heritage Destination, # 1 Cultural Destination, and # 1 Culinary Destination in Asia at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020. It should be noted that the country has surpassed many others with recognized heritage tourism like China , Thailand, Cambodia and India. to win such prizes.
The national airline Vietnam Airlines has won the title of “World’s First Cultural Airline”, as well as the world’s first airline – premium economy class and the world’s first airline – economy class.
Although Van Don Airport has not been operational for a long time, it has been honored with “The World’s First Regional Airport”. Ha Long International Cruise Port won Asia’s first cruise port.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism sector has yet to achieve such remarkable achievements, said Nguyen Cong Hoan, CEO of Flamingo Redtour.
He added that tourism has received due attention from the Party, government and state agencies.
More importantly, public awareness of tourism has changed completely, especially after the recent “waves” of COVID-19. Vietnam has become one of the few destinations in the world that can quickly resume domestic tourism.
At the 2020 National Tourism Conference held at the end of November, Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) praised the Vietnamese government’s vision as the establishment of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control and border closures. have helped save lives.
As domestic tourism picked up, he expressed his belief that Vietnam will continue to be a model of responsible leadership.
Luxurious resorts with impressive architecture have been built across the country, attracting increasing numbers of vacationers./.