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27 August 2009

Vietnam seeks foreign consultants to boost tourism drive

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The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism is looking for foreign experts to help map out a national tourism development strategy for 2011-2020 and with a vision toward 2030, reported, quoting Saigon Times daily.

Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the administration, told the daily that the department was working on the plan and would pass it to the Prime Minister late this year. The administration has sent some officials abroad to learn about tourism development there.

“We want to hear from foreign experts, and will invite some international consultants to help with the plan,” he said.

He said the new plan would focus on resolving four outstanding problems faced by Vietnam’s tourism: lack of a national strategy, little attention to tourism product development, insufficient human resources and poor marketing. “We need change,” Tuan said.

“We received 4.2 million foreigners last year. The goal of six million looks unattainable because of slowdown in the tourism industry but we believe that Vietnam’s tourism will grow strongly in the next ten years,” Tuan said.

The country received over 2.4 million foreign visitors in 2003, and the figure rose to around 4.2 million last year. The number of local visitors was 20 million last year.


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