The number of visitors to HCMC in the first months of this year sharply increased, said Director of the municipal Tourism Department Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa at a conference on the plan for tourism development of the city that was held on April 4.
More than 10,000 affordable tours, air tickets and tourism products will be launched at the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2023 which is scheduled to take place at Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi on April 13-16.
When tourism real estate projects started construction, they were expected to become a driving force for local tourism development, helping to create jobs and generate revenue for the budget. However, the actual situation is different.
Since the beginning of the year, Vietnam has welcomed over 2.2 million international visitors, with Ho Chi Minh City alone welcoming more than 2 million foreign visitors. However, compared to some countries, such as Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, which have received over 7.56 million, 3.74 million, and 4.5 million arrivals, respectively, Vietnam's tourism recovery rate is still slow. Businesses and many management agencies explained that one of the reasons is the less attractive visa policies.
The International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City 2022 (ITE HCMC 2022) opened on the afternoon of September 9 to welcome people and tourists to visit and buy tours. The event is considered to have a strong attraction and is a bright spot for tourism promotion in HCMC in particular and Vietnam, in general, to international friends.
Ho Chi Minh City is gradually raising the bar for the tourism industry in the post-pandemic period. The city aims to become an attractive tourist destination by offering best services and interesting products aimed to draw millions of visitors.
Some travel businesses, on August 22, said that tours for the upcoming National Day holiday were almost full. Customers booking package tours increased significantly, including destinations in Ho Chi Minh City and many other localities, such as Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, and Da Lat.
Over the past week, many international delegations have visited Ho Chi Minh City for entertainment and seminars, helping the tourism market become more vibrant. The Department of Tourism of HCMC estimates that the tourism industry will possibly complete its goal of welcoming 3.5 million international visitors this year soon.
Statistics from travel businesses in Ho Chi Minh City show that the travel demand of tourist groups is increasing sharply while the southern largest city is also preparing to welcome many international visitors under MICE program (meetings, incentives, conferences, and events) by the end of this year.
Many airlines and tourism companies informed yesterday that they are introducing millions of flight tickets, interesting tours to serve tourists this summer, along with attractive promotions from 10-40 percent. It is expected that the number of holidaymakers will increase significantly in the near future compared to this time 2019.
Today, the Saigon Tourism Corporation (Saigontourist Group) and the Phu My Hung Development Company jointly inaugurated and put into operation exhibition hall B of the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7, after more than two years of construction. Vice Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Phan Thi Thang attended and pressed the inauguration button.