On 29 March 2018, the sixth Vietnam International Travel Mart – VITM Hanoi 2018 officially kicked off in Hanoi. One of the country’s top tourism show lasted from March 28 to April 1 and was organised by Vietnam Society of Travel Agents – VISTA.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the State Steering Committee on Tourism attended the opening ceremony.
Opening the event, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam highly valued the strong growth of Vietnam tourism in recent year. Tourism has been identified as one of the country’s key economic sectors. Tourism is able to link people from different countries, enhance their solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding.
He hoped that travel enterprises at VITM 2018 under the theme “Online tourism – Viet Nam moves towards Industry 4.0” will take advantage of the technology to strengthen connectivity and offer better service to tourists online.
Online tourism is considered by Vietnam tourism professionals as the future of country tourism industry and should be also linked with the quality of the product offered. Diversification has also been a main topic with a seminar being organised about agro-tourism as well as a workshop to introduce a new tourism law.
Mr. Vu The Binh – Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, Head of the Organizing Board of VITM 2018, said that this year’s travel mart gathered 700 booths of tourism enterprises and tourism promotion centers from 20 countries and territories as well as from 45 provinces and cities nationwide. VITM 2018 was expected to attract about 65,000 visitors, a number up by 10% over the 2017 edition.
The travel show was taking place at a time of strong growth for the tourism industry. In 2017, Vietnam tourism registered a record growth of 29.1% of international travellers. For the first two months of 2018, international arrivals jumped by 29.7% over the same period of last year, translating into 2.86 million international visitors. The fastest growing inbound tourism markets during the first two months are South Korea, up by 70%, China PRC and Finland, both up by 37.5% followed by Hong Kong, up by 35%.