Boosting Vietnam tourism promotion to key markets

It cannot be denied that tourism promotion contributes significantly to the good growth of Vietnam's tourism in recent years. However, the field is facing many difficulties due to low professionalism and limited funding.

(VNF) - It cannot be denied that tourism promotion contributes significantly to the good growth of Vietnam's tourism in recent years. However, the field is facing many difficulties due to low professionalism and limited funding.

Boosting Vietnam tourism promotion to key markets

A tourism promotion programme.

Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has welcomed nearly 7.5 million international visitors, up 29 per cent over the same period last year. The total revenue from tourism was estimated at over VND 307 trillion (USD 13,5 billion), up 26 per cent. With this growth, Vietnam tourism industry is expected to achieve 30 per cent growth in international visitor arrivals in 2017.

In order to achieve growth in the past two years, other than simplifying immigration procedures for foreigners, persifying and improving the quality of tourist products, strengthening management, and cleaning business environment, there is no small aspect when it comes to the tourism promotion of Vietnam.

With the investment of the tourism industry and the coordination of all related levels and branches, the promotion of tourism in Vietnam has been step by step changed and expanded the scale. Many programmes and events are held across the country and abroad. The programmes have introduced tourists to the image of Vietnam’s landscape, people and potentials, as well as tourism products, opened opportunities for investment cooperation, affirmed the position of tourism in the region and the world. Tourist promotion activities are also more and more persified, taking full advantage of information technology.

Electronic marketing (E-marketing) via Internet has brought information on Vietnamese tourism to 340,000 viewers on Youtube and millions of visitors through Vietnam's travel websites. The tourism industry organises and invites media, press and travel agencies to learn about Vietnam destinations.

The industry has also participated in large international tourism events such as international sports competitions, fairs, festivals, tourism festivals, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum 2017, the fifth Asian Beach Games (ABG 5), Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Contest, Da Nang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC), and Hue Festival. With the efforts, Vietnam’s destinations have attracted many international friends, that has created the wave of visitors from key markets.

However, the tourism promotion in Vietnam still faces many challenges, including elements from the limitations of Vietnam’s tourism. Many conferences and seminars were held, to discuss solutions, but it seems that the tourism promotion has not been as effective as expected. The coordination in organising events of domestic units with the international units has not lived up to expectation, lack of unity. The display, introduction of Vietnams’ tourism products have been lack of attraction; meanwhile communication activities have been simple, lack of professionalism, lack of clear messages and topics. Market research has not paid adequate attention, along with the lack of proper product promotion strategies and the dependency on funding conditions.

In addition, the process of funding, approving outlines for promotion work go through many levels of approval, requiring waiting time that leads to passive, losing promotion opportunities. The socialization, mobilising of resources and economic sectors in the field is not effective. The annual budget for tourism promotion is low compared to other countries.

Boosting Vietnam tourism promotion to key markets

Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has welcomed nearly 7.5 million international visitors, up 29 per cent over the same period last year.

According to ideas of experts and many tourism businesses at the 2017 Tourism Promotion Conference held in Hanoi, in order to improve the effectiveness of tourism promotion, the tourism sector should research concerning the establishment of the unit, which is responsible for promoting national tourism, strengthening the coordination and connection between tourism promotion centres across the country. Especially in relation to the role of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) in orienting, updating, and forecasting market movements is the basis for all action programs.

The contents and methods of organisation need to be renewed, effectively implemented models of cooperation in promoting, building and placing into operation the Tourism Development Assistance Fund. Meanwhile, the localities should effectively combine tourism promotion with trade and Vietnamese cultural centres in other countries to promte the image on Vietnam.

During the remaining months of this year, VNAT will host a range of tourism promotion programmes that will advertise Vietnam’s charm to key tourism markets. The first programme will be held from August 18th to 23rd in three cities in China, including Xiamen city in Fujian province, Baotou city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Nanchang city in Jiangxi province.

Each event expects to draw the participation of approximately 350 Chinese travel agencies.

Vietnam always eyes China as the leading tourism market as the country has received 2.6 million Chinese visitors in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 51.4 per cent. During the first seven months of this year, nearly 2.2 million Chinese visited Vietnam, up 51 per cent over the same period from last year.

The same promotion programmes have also been organised in Australia from August 15th to 18th, in Northern European countries from September 13th to 20th, and in Japan from September 16th to 22nd.

In addition, the VNAT will attend major international tourism fairs to advertise Vietnam’s tourism potential, including the JATA Tourism EXPO from September 21st to 24th in Japan, TOP RESA International Tourism Industry Trade Fair in Paris, France from September 26th to 29th, the Chinese Taipei International Travel Fair from October 27th to 30th, and the World Travel Market in London, UK from November 6th to 10th.

In the same attempt to boost Vietnam’s tourism, the VNAT has updated information and policies on tourist activities as well as Vietnam’s most attractive destinations and tourist products on its official websites at vietnamtourism.gov, vietnamtourism.com; and vietnamtourism.vn as well as on the popular social networks of Youtube and Facebook./.

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