The Times of India indicated that Vietnam Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh was amazed by the very fast growth of Indian tourists to the country. Less than a decade ago, Vietnam was recording only 10,000 tourists in a year. In 2017, total Indian arrivals reached 110,000 with expectation that this number will jump this year to 170,000
The ambassador explained Vietnam success to the fact that “Vietnam has a safe environment and is a stable and peaceful country. People are very friendly and we have lots of cultural and historic heritage.”
Listing the tourist attractions, Thanh said “Vietnam has several UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites, lot of relics including Hindu relics and long seaside beaches. And we have a tourist season spanning all round the year,” he said.
The ambassador called also for more promotion of India as a holiday destination for Vietnamese. He particularly emphasized the importance of Buddhist tourism for Vietnamese with pilgrimage taking place to historical Buddha sites such as Bodhgaya, Sarnath and many others.
“There is a lot of potential for Vietnamese tourists to India … There should be more promotion of India as a destination for the Vietnamese,” he stressed.