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5/31/2018 12:32:27 PM

HCM City launches plan to attract more Indian visitors

Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Department is launching plans to attract more visitors from India, which is considered a market of great potential.

A corner of HCM City. (Photo: Internet)

At the May meeting on socio-economic issues of the municipal People’s Committee on May 30th, Director of the department Bui Ta Hoang Vu said his agency is working with several airlines to promote Vietnam to India. He noted that while 1.6 million Indians travelled to Thailand in 2017, only 170,000 visited Vietnam.

The low-cost airline Vietjet Air is scheduled to open direct flights between HCM City and India this September.

The Tourism Department has developed products and designed for this market and held some tourism promotion activities in the country.

Vu added that the department has also asked local restaurants to design dishes specifically for Indian guests.

It was reported at the meeting that an estimated 566,390 foreign tourists arrived in the city in May, up 37 per cent year on year. Revenues from tourism came to around VND 9.3 trillion (over USD 406 million), up 3.03 per cent.

The total number of foreign arriving in Ho Chi Minh City in the first five months of 2018 was estimated at 3.18 million, a 32 per cent increase, while tourism revenues were estimated at VND 51.65 trillion (USD 2.2 billion), up 14.8 per cent, according to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism.

Ho Chi Minh City expects to receive 7.5 million foreign visitors in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 25 per cent. In which, the number of domestic arrivals is expected to rise by a more modest 15 per cent to 29 million, according to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism.

A recent survey jointly conducted by the Tourism Department and the municipal Statistics Office showed tourists both domestic and foreign stay for an average 5 days in the city and spend around USD 145 a day, which showed a reduction in stay duration compared to a survey of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration in 2013 but the spending stays the same.

Chairman of the People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong stressed that tourism has been defined as a spearhead economic sector of the city. He urged the sector to study ways to keep visitors stay longer./.

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