Vietnam’s Online Tourism grows strongly

The online tourism model has recently seen a strong growth in Vietnam, according to a report at the Online Tourism Day 2017 held yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Vietnam E-commerce Association (VECOM).
Online Tourism Day 2017 is held in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Sggp)
Online Tourism Day 2017 is held in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: Sggp)

Tourism experts forecast that the service industry in Southeast Asia will get an extremely fast increase as its turnover was US$22 billion in 2015 and will be US$90 billion by 2025,

The Day focused on main themes related to online tourism, such as the development and an inevitable trend of online tourism, information exchange, experience and business sharing.

Vu Quoc Tri, Chief of Office of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said that the development of IT revolution and social networking have made online tourism to grow strongly. With the result, enterprises must kick off quickly their online business to get access to a global market.

Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2016, placing at the 5th position among ASEAN countries and accounting for one-third of Thailand’s total international arrivals.

The Politburo has issued Decree No.08 on developing tourism to become a key economic sector. The industry is expected to attract 17-20 million foreign tourists and 82 million domestic visitors, contributing 10 percent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), earning US$35 billion and creating 1,6 jobs by 2020. The key economic sector is hoped to be listed at the top of ASEAN countries with a huge number of international arrivals by 2030.