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Vietnam nominated in six categories at World Travel Awards

Released at: 13:47, 19/09/2019

Vietnam nominated in six categories at World Travel Awards

Photo: Viet Tuan

Nominations show the increasing popularity and development of Vietnam's tourism sector.

by Le Diem

Vietnam, two of its destinations, and the national tourism administration have been nominated in a total of six categories at the prestigious annual World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019.

The country has been nominated for World’s Leading Destination, World’s Leading Culinary Destination, and World’s Leading Cultural Destination. The capital Hanoi and Hoi An ancient town are competing in World’s Leading City Destination and World’s Leading Cultural City Destination, while the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has been nominated for World’s Leading Tourist Board.

Readers can access the website https://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote to vote.

This year’s awards ceremony for Asia will take place on Phu Quoc Island, off the coast of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, on October 12. The global awards ceremony will be held in Muscat, Oman, in November.

The nominations confirm the increasing popularity of Vietnam on the world’s tourism map as and gives the country an opportunity to promote its image in the international community.

Vietnam welcomed a record 15.4 million foreign visitors last year, a 20 per cent increase against 2017, and 11.3 million in the first eight months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 8.7 per cent. The number of international tourist arrivals has surged three-fold from 5 million in 2010.

It recently improved in tourism competitiveness, ranking 63rd among 140 countries and territories in the biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness report from the World Economic Forum, jumping four places from 67th in 2017. It ranked fifth in Southeast Asia in travel and tourism competitiveness, following Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Asia-Pacific was one of the fastest-growing travel and tourism regions in this year’s ranking, according to the report.

The country was ranked the world’s fourth fastest-growing travel destination in a 2018 UN World Tourism Organization report for its impressive growth in international arrivals over recent years. Earlier this year, Vietnam was predicted to lead Asia-Pacific destinations in terms of average annual growth over the next five years, according to the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2019-2023 report from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledges, rewards, and celebrates excellence across all key sectors of travel, tourism, and hospitality. Its annual program is globally renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive in the industry. Each year the World Travel Awards culminate in a regional gala ceremony attended by the industry’s key decision makers as well as influential trade and consumer media. The awards are recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

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