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HCMC tourism fair on horizon

Released at: 16:00, 28/08/2019

HCMC tourism fair on horizon


Ho Chi Minh City International Tourism Fair 2019 to be held from September 4 to 7.

by Jessica Nguyen

The Ho Chi Minh City International Tourism Fair 2019 (ITE HCMC 2019), with the theme “Gateway to Asia”, will take place from September 4 to 7 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center. This is the 15th holding of the fair and 315 booths are expected.

According to Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, apart from the main section of the fair, for the first time ten international forums, conferences, and seminars relating to tourism development in the Mekong Delta will also be organized.

The annual tourism event is expected to attract thousands of visitors and 6,000 trade agreements between buyers and sellers may be signed.

A new feature of this year’s fair is paperless invitations and acceptances for all conferences, seminars, and forums. Delegates and guests will also be able to view related documents on and send questions to the event’s website, https://tourismevents.vn/home.

According to Mr. Michael Duck, Executive Vice President of Informa Markets Asia Group, tourism in Vietnam and the lower Mekong region has exploded over recent years. The local tourism industry will continue to record sustainable growth with many new tourism products and new destinations will be invested in by domestic and foreign companies.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), meanwhile, has approved a $45 million loan for Vietnam to turn the provinces of Hoa Binh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien Hue into competitive tourism destinations.

Mr. Duck added that many international hotel brands have announced intentions to build more hotels in the country. For example, Oyo Hotels & Homes will invest $50 million in building 20,000 hotel rooms in ten cities and provinces throughout Vietnam by the end of 2020. Eastin Grand Resort Vung Tau aims to open 192 new villas and other 4,000 hotel rooms by 2022. The Mekong Jewel luxury cruise ship is also expected to begin its journey down the Mekong River next year, opening up a new avenue of experience.

“The lower Mekong region is growing day-by-day,” said Mr. Duck. “I am sure that booths introducing tourism products in this area will attract a lot of visitors and purchasers during the fair.”

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