International awards bolster Vietnam’s tourist status

The ranking of the Vietnamese tourism industry has never been as stable as it is today. Currently, Vietnam is known not only as a prime destination for its natural beauty, including huge natural caves and spectacular bays, but also for its scalable projects on an international scale.

Vietnam now has the world’s premier luxury resorts, Asia’s premier theme park and is honored as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, making it a premier destination for international billionaires, celebrities and politicians.

Golden Bridge – Sun World Ba Na Hills. Photo by Thuy Pham.

Many still remember the opening of Cau Vang (Golden Bridge) on Sun Group’s Ba Na Hills in 2018. Media such as CNN, BBC and Reuters, as well as leading magazines like National Geographic, New York Times and Time subsequently hailed Golden Bridge as the world’s most beautiful destination in 2018.

Clear development strategies and investments on an international scale have been essential in transforming the Vietnamese tourism industry over the past five to ten years. In particular, with the participation of many large companies, Vietnam has always been among the top destinations in the world.

In early November, Vietnam overtook China, Thailand, Cambodia and India as Asia’s # 1 heritage destination, Asia # 1 cultural destination, and Asia # 1 culinary destination by World Travel Awards Asia – the Oscars of the global tourism industry. In the aviation category, Vietnam Airlines was awarded as Asia’s # 1 Airline – Economy Class, Asia’s # 1 Airline – Premium Economy Class and Asia’s # 1 Cultural Airline.


Van Don International Airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Photo by Thuy Pham.

In the transport infrastructure category, Van Don by Sun Group International Airport won two titles: Asia’s Leading Airport Lounge (CIP and VIP Lounge) and Asia’s Leading Regional Airport. The group’s Ha Long International Cruise Port has been named Asia’s First Cruise Port 2020.

In the tour operator category, Vietravel won the award for the best tour operator in Asia. In the entertainment category, two other Sun Group projects were also recognized by the WTA, including Aquatopia Water Park (Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park) as Asia’s 2020 Leading Water Park and Sun World Ba Na Hills as Vietnam’s main theme park 2020.

In recent years, high-end and high-quality resort projects have significantly contributed to improving the international ranking of Vietnamese tourism industry. Thanks to them, Vietnam is now known as a resort paradise for the elite with some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. One outstanding resort worth mentioning is the InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula by Sun Group, four times awarded the World Travel Awards as the world’s first luxury resort 2020 and won up to seven World Tourism Awards – Asia 2020, including Asia’s first luxury resort. Two other projects by world-renowned resort designer Bill Bensley and Sun Group continued last year’s achievements: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay won the Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort and Spa 2020 award while the hotel de la Coupole MGallery Sapa won the Vietnam’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2020 award.

Most of the projects, products and destinations honored by WTA were initiated by famous companies in Vietnamese tourism industry, such as Sun Group, Vietnam Airlines, Vietravel, etc. a new international ranking, attracting the attention of world visitors.


Hotel de la Coupole MGallery in Sa Pa, Lao Cai. Photo by Sun Group.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien called the development of Vietnam’s tourism industry in recent years a miracle. In just three years, from 2016 to 2018, the number of international visitors to Vietnam doubled from eight million to nearly 16 million. In 2019 alone, over 18 million international visitors came to Vietnam (a 16.2% increase from 2018) while there were 85 million domestic visitors. This result has helped Vietnam to become one of the 10 countries with the fastest growing tourism industry in the world.

Despite the nine-month international lockdown and the tourism industry “frozen” in 2020, the positive growth in the number of domestic tourists, especially during the peak in early summer, has been a bright spot for the tourism industry. Vietnamese at this difficult time.

It is undeniable that the breakthroughs and creativity in local tourism, in addition to new premium and high quality products and prestigious international awards, provide a solid basis for Vietnam’s tourism trade to assert its global status.

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