The Vietnamese Government will spend over 30 trillion VND (1.3 billion USD) in tourism infrastructure development in the 2016-2020 period, according to a target programme approved recently.
The programme, which was approved under the Prime Minister’s Decision 1861/QĐ-TTg this month, is aimed at building a modern and developed infrastructure system to attract tourists and foreign and domestic investment in areas with significant tourism potential to build tourism areas of regional and global competitiveness.
This is targeted at contributing to turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector of Vietnam. Tourism is buoying due to improved relations with China as well as the introduction of free visa on arrivals for half a dozen of European countries as well as simple and effective e-visa facilities for other countries. Additional flights to more airports in the country is also generating more repeat travellers.
By 2020, the Government plans to develop a comprehensive and modern infrastructure system for three to five tourist attractions and provide support to improve access to 30 national tourist sites.
The programme will focus on constructing major roads leading to tourist sites, a waste treatment system, lake embankment and dredging and embellishment of natural resources.
In the first 10 months of this year, international tourist arrivals to Viet Nam reached more than 10 million, representing a rise of 28.1 percent over the same period last year.
Viet Nam is expected to welcome some 13 million tourist arrivals this year, from 10 million in 2016. According to the latest data released in mid November, total international visitors during the first ten months of 2017 generated 10,473,230 arrivals, an increase of 28.1% over the same period of last year.