In the opening speech, VNAT Chairman Nguyen Van Tuan emphasized the role of tourism sector as a valuable and sustainable source of livelihood for millions of people. Tourism development of each country should be defined as a strategic direction with clear planning and specific research in many fields. When people really benefit from tourism in term of spirit and economy, only then tourism can maximize its immense potential, contribute to creating jobs, develop the economy, and raise social awareness on cultural preservation and environment protection.
On behalf of the largest donor to Vietnam’s tourism industry, Mr. Bruno Angelet, Ambassador, Head of European Union Delegation to Vietnam, emphasized the strong partnership between Vietnam and European Union. In 2015, the EU and Vietnam are celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The European Union continues to be a strong partner to Vietnam and has over the past 12 years worked closely in supporting the tourism sector with the Government as the country solidifies its place on the world tourism stage. During this period, the European Union has provided in excess of 20 million Euros to support the delivery of tourism trainings, to improve service quality and build capacities while strengthening the foundation of the Vietnam’s tourism sector for socially and environmentally responsible and inclusive growth.
Representing tourism enterprises in Hanoi, Mr. Nguyen Quang Lan, Chairman of Hanoi Tourism Association stressed the role of responsible tourism. He said that when applying responsible tourism in their operations, businesses can gain many benefits, including cost saving, increasing market share, strengthening reputation and maintaining resources for business.
Also at the event, Mary McKeon, Team Leader of the ESRT Programme provided the speech titled “Development of World Tourism - Opportunities for everyone”. She said that World Tourism Day was an occasion to highlight the immense potential that tourism had in the economy, created investment opportunities, improved transportation, infrastructure, and utilities and raised demand for local products and services. Furthermore, the event was very much in line with the objectives of the ESRT Programme and was a valuable tool for raising the awareness of Responsible Tourism and its impact on the developing tourism sector.
Concluding the ceremony, hundreds of students from tourism universities/colleges in the capital joined meaningful activities such as garbage collection surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake and street paraded by electric cars around Hanoi old quarter. These activities were aimed to create a green tourism environment while raising awareness on responsible tourism for all stakeholders, ranging from public authorities, private businesses, and local communities to tourists.