VNAT enhance tourism promotion in Nordic countries

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– On 21 October 2016, in Ha Noi, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan – Director General of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) had a meeting with Head of the Delegation of the European Union and Ambassadors of 4 Nordic countries to Viet Nam (including Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway) to foster promotional activities in the coming time.


Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan spoke highly of the support of the European Union in terms of implementing the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Project period 2011 – 2016, which has contributed to the tourism development of Viet Nam.


He informed that the number of tourists from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway to Viet Nam has not increased as many as expected despite the Vietnamese Government launched visa waiver for citizens of these 4 countries. VNAT planned to launch roadshows introducing Viet Nam tourism in these 4 Nordic countries due in November 2016; and welcome Nordic presstrip to Viet Nam in January 2017. Director General Nguyen Van Tuan and the Ambassadors agreed to intensify coordination in promoting Viet Nam tourism.


To strengthen exchange of tourists between Viet Nam and these countries, the sides should deepen cooperation in introducing destinations, visa facilitation and expansion of air connection, Mr. Tuan added.


Mr. Bruno Angelet - Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Viet Nam emphasized the significant contribution of tourism sector to Viet Nam’s economic development. Viet Nam should focus on developing responsible tourism, ensuring sustainability and facilitating local community. He also promised to strengthen linkage between European Union member countries and Viet Nam in fostering tourism development, protecting environment and implementing sustainable development.


According to the Nordic Ambassadors, Viet Nam is well known for its beautiful landscapes, diverse culture and hospitable people. Viet Nam should consider extending visa waiver from 15 days to 30 days for Nordic citizens, expanding air connection and facilitating travel to attract more tourists from Northern European countries.