“The review of the 2005 Tourism Law and implementing legislation is an important step in the environmentally and socially responsible development of tourism in Vietnam. It provides a foundation for much of the important work planned under the ESRT Programme,” said Mr Trevor Atherton, the International Tourism Policy and Legislation expert engaged by ESRT to assist the VNAT Legal Working Group on this assignment.
The review is necessary for a number of reasons including:
- The plethora of cross cutting laws enacted since the 2003 analysis of the existing legal system for the 2005 law
- Changes to the institutional arrangements for Tourism and the range of other Ministries and agencies who now have a role and responsibility in tourism under their laws
- Growth ie the near doubling in size of the tourism industry since 2005
- Identification of tourism as the spearhead sector for further economic development and poverty alleviation
- Emerging environmental and social concerns which must be addressed to ensure further growth is sustainable.
The objective is to adopt and adapt international best practice in dealing with these issues and approach to the review is highly consultative involving all stakeholders.
“This is an exciting project to be involved in given the outstanding natural and cultural attractions of Vietnam and determination of the Government and its people to use them wisely and ensure further development is environmentally and socially sustainable,” concluded Mr Atherton.
Trevor Atherton - Tourism Law Expert