Published on : Wednesday, May 6, 2015
In a joint effort the Embassy of the S.R. of Vietnam, in association with Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), OM Tourism, Accor Hotels, Thai Airways organized the first ever Vietnam Tourism Roadshow in Hyderabad on April 27 at the Novotel Convention Centre (near Hitech city) and in Chennai on 28th April 2015 under the theme “Vietnam – Land of Heritages”.
Fifteen leading Vietnamese DMCs and the travel and tourism companies from Vietnam, participated in the roadshows to meet the travel trade community in Hyderabad and Chennai. The delegation was led by the Vice-Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism H.E. Mr Ha Van Sieu. The roadshows in both the cities were well attended by approximately 300 travel agents and media personnel.
In his welcome speech, H.E. Mr. Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam said that India and Vietnam had longstanding historical and cultural links and are now expanding their bilateral strategic partnership. “Vietnam is home to 8 UNESCO world heritage sites, well–preserved historic relics and beautiful beaches. Indian travellers can find the affluence of Indian culture in Vietnam through the many Hindu temples all across the country. Also, a plethora of Indian restaurants in Vietnam bear testimony to a strong presence of Indian culinary culture there. Vietnam has all kinds of services to satisfy the need of foreign tourists, be it holidays, shopping, leisure, food, wedding, honeymoon or business and conference” – said Mr.Thanh. He also added that the number of Indian tourists to Vietnam is still limited to 55,000 in 2014 but is expected to increase in the coming years through the upcoming promotional activities to be jointly organized by the Embassy of Vietnam in India and VNAT”.
Speaking at the event, H.E. Mr. Ha Van Sieu, Vice Chairman of VNAT affirmed that, with the population of 1.2 billion and a large proportion of high –income population, the demand to travel abroad increased rapidly, India became an important potential source outbound market for Vietnam tourism. Bilateral tourism cooperation between Vietnam and India was also encouraged and tourism was one of the concerning agenda discussed during Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Vietnam in September 2014 and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to India in October 2014. However, the number of India tourists to Vietnam is still limited. Therefore, in order to boost tourists exchange between Vietnam and India, VNAT is aware of the importance of tourism cooperation in all levels and facilitation of tourism businesses between enterprises. Several promotional activies such as roadshows, participation to fairs and exhibitions, FAM trip have been carried out and further activities will be organized during this year.
The event continued with a presentation on Vietnam Tourism by VNAT which gave the guests an insight into the beautiful land of Vietnam and the unique experiences that the country has to offer, followed by a presentation on air connectivity by Thai Airways, hotel facilities by Accor Hotels. With this initiative, the Embassy of Vietnam hopes to see major tourism efflux from India to Vietnam in the near future.