In the opening speech, VNAT Chairman Nguyen Van Tuan expressed his gratitude for the strong and continuous collaboration of the international organisations and donors who have been assisting Vietnam tourism industry in its development and global integeration. “Such valuable support had enabled us to successfully implemented the Tourism Development Strategy for 2001 - 2010 as well as the the present one for 2011 - 2010 with vision to 2030”, Chairman Tuan said.
Being the largest tourism donor in Vietnam, the European Union continues to be a strong partner and has over the past 12 years worked closely in supporting the tourism sector 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”, said Tom Corrie, Deputy Head of Cooperation Department, EU Delegation to Vietnam.
Apart from the EU-funded ESRT Programme, a range of other donor agencies are currently supporting tourism related development initiatives in the country, some of which have been ongoing for a number of years. Those include “Support to the “Initiative for ASEAN integration” (IAI), a project funded by Germany Agency for Technical Cooperation; UNESCO support for Tourism Development in Quang Nam and Thua Thien - Hue provinces; Ha Long Bay Alliance - An initiative for the protection and conservation of Ha Long Bay by International Union for the Conservation of Nature, partnered with USAID; other projects or initiatives supported by Asian Development Bank, International Labour Organisation, World Wild Fund for Nature, Lux-Development, Italian Development Cooperation Office and Swiss Cooperation Office in Vietnam.
The round table meeting provided an opportunity to seek for continuing and effective coordination among them. Through presentation and discussion, participants verifed sector priorities, determined roles and responsibilities of each donor and agreed on collaborative measures to avoid duplication of activities and resources, thus ensuring the achievement of shared objectives in a sustainable manner.
The initiative will set up a foundation for future establishment of a Tourism Forum, which attracts wider audience to draw more international technical assistance for the tourism sector in Vietnam.
The presentations in the Round table meeting: