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HCMC most popular among foreign tourists

Released at: 15:55, 19/01/2016

HCMC most popular among foreign tourists

Number of foreign visitors to the city in 2015 accounted for 57 per cent of the total coming to Vietnam.

by Hoai An

Ho Chi Minh City welcomed nearly 19.3 million domestic tourists and 4.6 million international visitors in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 4.6 per cent, according to the city’s People’s Committee. The number of foreign tourists to the city accounted for 57 per cent of the total coming to Vietnam.

The local tourism sector earned VND94.6 trillion ($4.16 billion) in revenue, a yearly rise of 10 per cent and accounting for nearly 10 per cent of the city’s GDP and 30.2 per cent of the country’s total tourism revenue.

“In recent years the city’s tourism industry has played an important role in socio economic development and achieved a range of good results,” Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Mr. Le Van Khoa, told local media. “International tourist arrivals to the city have increased significantly in recent years, enhancing its position in Southeast Asia and the world.” He also highlighted that tourism plays an increasingly important role in the restructuring of the local economy.

To develop sustainable tourism, Ho Chi Minh City has strengthened links with local authorities in other cities and provinces to invest in developing tourism infrastructure and tourism products and worked with international companies and tour operators in seeking tourist markets and promoting tourism. The city has attracted many foreign companies to invest in developing accommodation of international standard.

The industry still exhibits certain weaknesses, however, in water pollution, traffic safety, food safety, and hawkers. Tourism investment remains unfocussed, human resources are not standardized, and training has not met the requirements of integration.

For 2016 Ho Chi Minh City has set a goal of welcoming 5.1 million international visitors and 21.8 million domestic travelers, earning a total of VND103 trillion (nearly $4.8 billion) in revenue. The sector also plans to promote the city’s image as a friendly, attractive, and safe destination.

To achieve these targets it will focus on improving the quality of tourism products and services and develop waterway tourism. Efforts will also be exerted to step up tourism promotion programs and further ensure public order, with a view to enhancing the attractiveness of the city in the eyes of tourists.

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