Global media outlets visit Vietnam to help promote tourism

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Global media outlets visit Vietnam to help promote tourism

Representatives of global media organizations this Wednesday will take part in an international press conference in Hanoi, and then join field trips to help promote Vietnam’s tourism under a program initiated by local authorities.

The meeting will be attended by many big news organizations from South Korea, France, Indonesia, and Taiwan, among others. Afterwards, they will visit a number of famous destinations across Vietnam, according to the Travel Department under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).

The event is being co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of a series of activities aimed at promoting the local tourism industry globally given a sharp fall in foreign arrivals, especially from China recently.

Pham Le Thao, deputy head of the travel department, added it will welcome an additional 12 press and foreign travel groups by the end of this year.

A number of local firms that organize tours to Japan will also invite several senior executives of leading travel companies from Japan to pay a visit to Vietnam.

Data from the General Statistics Office indicated a significant decrease in the number of international guests to Vietnam last month. Particularly, the number of Chinese visitors fell by 29.5% against May, with the numbers of visitors traveling by air and via border gates dropping by 44.7% and 50% respectively.

However, for the first half of this year, the number of Chinese tourists to Vietnam still reached 1.1 million, a year-on-year rise of 37.5%, while the total number of foreign arrivals was estimated to hit 4.3 million, up 21.2% year-on-year.

Danang resumes flights to China

In a related development, chartered flights taking guests from Hangzhou in China to the central city of Danang will resume some time in the middle of this month following a suspension in May.

Tran Chi Cuong, deputy director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said China is the top visitor-generating market for Danang. After its illegal deployment of an oil rig in Vietnam’s waters in early May, as many as 13 chartered flights have been canceled.

However, the Hangzhou-Danang service will restart in mid-July, Cuong added.

Dao Loan (http://english.thesaigontimes.vn)