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Programme title

Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme (ESRT)


Programme number

Project identification number

European Union DCI-ASIE/2010/21662




Viet Nam


Contracting authority for the ESRT programme

Ministry of
Culture, Sports and Tourism (MSCT)


Contracting authority for ESRT-service tender

Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam


GOPA Consultants in a consortium with GRM, ATC and Vision


Project Implementation Unit

Programme Director and
Imprest Administrator: Mr Vu Quoc Tri

Chief Accountant and Imprest
Accounting Officer: Ms Ngo Minh Chau

Team Leader: Ms. Mary McKeon and

Key Expert 2: Mr Kai Partale


Financing agreement – date of signature



Programme start date



Programme completion date



Total budget

EUD 12.1 million


Overall objective

To mainstream responsible tourism principles into Vietnam’s tourism sector to enhance competitiveness and contributing to achieving the Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP).


Programme purpose

To promote the delivery of environmentally and socially responsible tourism services as part of Vietnam’s tourism sector strategy.


Result area 1

Policy support and institutional strengthening: The staff of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), VNAT and provincial tourism administrations are qualified in socially and environmentally responsible tourism policy making, planning and management.


Result area 2

Product competitiveness and public-private-partnerships: The capacity of the tourism associations, local tourism stakeholders and the private sector is strengthened for effective public-private partnerships in tourism management.


Result area 3

Vocational education and training in the tourism sector: The vocational training system in tourism including the VTOS standards system is sustainable and covers the entire tourism sector.

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