The group of researchers for these activities includes Prof. Dr. Martin Fontanari - an international expert with a wealth of experience in organizational restructuring - and senior local experts from the Asian Management and Development Institute (AMDI): Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Duc Thanh - Former Head of Tourism Department - University of Social Sciences and Humanities and PhD. Ha Thanh Hai - Local Consultant Team Leader.
These activities will be implemented from 11 Feb 2014 until 2015, divided into three phases. During phase one (From 11 to 28 Feb 2014), the team conducted research, evaluation and analysis of opportunities and challenges as well as proposed solutions for the long-term and sustainable development of the Institute for Tourism Development. In phase two (scheduled from July – August 2014): capacity building support will be provided and in phase three (scheduled to last for the first six months of 2015): the main task would be to continue capacity building support.
After 17 working days, phase one has completed and a preliminary report was produced, providing recommendations on the development strategies of the Institute for Tourism Development Research in the near future (5, 10, 15 years).
The results of phase one indicated that, along with the development of the society, tourists are increasingly demanding and particularly, they are increasingly attracted by tourist destinations associated with sustainable development objectives. Therefore, customized consultancy on the planning of each tourist destination is necessary to ensure that the destinations are unique and serve the purposes of sustainable development.
This is one of the main reasons why capacity building is crucial for tourism sector to meet the requirements of planning, consultancy services for tourism development and training services, including training for public and private sector.
The expert team presented the report to leaders of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), leaders of VNAT functional departments and leaders of the Institute for Tourism Development Research on 26 February 2013 and received highly constructive feedbacks.
Despite some remaining problems related to the development process and internal issues of the Institute in the general context of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan – Chairman of VNAT expressed his full appreciation of the effort and spirit of the expert team.
He also emphasized that the key is to indicate weaknesses and develop an operating mechanism that is suitable with the conditions of the Institute, based on which development solutions will be proposed. By that way, remaining issues will be addressed and solved in a proper direction.
Acknowledging the constructive comments of the stakeholders, the expert team will continue the research to provide recommendations on strategic solutions to the organization and development of the Institute in this April.