HCM City affirms role as pillar of Vietnam’s tourism industry

HCM City puts into operation the double-decker river bus service for tourists in 2024. — VNA/VNS

HANOI: HCM City has contributed significantly to the better-than-expected results of Vietnam’s tourism industry last year, solidifying its pivotal role in the recovery and growth of the sector.

The southern economic hub welcomed nearly five million foreign tourists and nearly 35 million domestic tourists, accounting for 40 per cent and 32 per cent of the nation’s respective total numbers. As a result, it raked in over VNĐ160 trillion ($6.6 billion) in tourism revenue.

As a hub of tourism linking with numerous provinces and cities, the city’s robust acceleration of the industry has positively impacted the overall development of localities in the southeastern region and beyond.

With the affirmation of its tourism brand on the international stage through awards and honours such as the titles “Asia's Leading Business Travel Destination” and “Asia's Leading Festival & Event Destination” at the 2023 World Travel Awards, the city is poised to generate positive effects on regional tourism development.

Also last year, HCM City announced nearly 50 tourism projects, with 20 new ones for medium- and high-class segments.

In 2024, the city will initiate collaborative tourism development programmes with six regions and 46 provinces and cities, with a focus on building linked products which incorporate a minimum stay of two days in the city, and implementing 3D/360 technology applications to promote destinations in its partner localities.

Additionally, the local sector will establish a portal on collaborative programmes, keeping tourists up to date with its latest activities and products.

This year, Vietnam is set to serve 18 million foreign and 110 million domestic visitors, with total tourism revenue approaching VNĐ850 trillion. — Vietnam News/ ANN

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