On March 17, VNAT’s Chairman Nguyen Trung Khanh had a working session with Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism on tourism development plan.
Reporting the City’s tourism performance, Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa - Director of the Department of Tourism said that Ho Chi Minh City has actively responded to the domestic tourism stimulus program, forming tourism alliances such as: Ho Chi Minh City and 13 provinces in Mekong river delta, the Northwest, the Northeast... The cooperation program between Ho Chi Minh City and the North Central provinces will be implemented in May in Nghe An.
Ho Chi Minh City continues to promote unique tourism types, research and develop tourism products associated with history, culture and architecture, promote shopping tourism, MICE tourism, river tourism...
In addition, Ho Chi Minh City tourism also promotes local tours (city tour) and short-term tours in the Southwest and Southeast. Some travel companies in Ho Chi Minh City have introduced a new tour traveling by private cars to prevent epidemic.
Speaking at the meeting, Chairman Nguyen Trung Khanh highly appreciated the tourism performance of Ho Chi Minh City, demonstrating its role as a leading tourist hub, connecting with other localities.
The Chairman informed that leaders of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and VNAT support the establishment of the Tourism Development Council to coordinate the cooperation between HCM City and 13 provinces/cities of Mekong river delta.
VNAT will stand side by side with the localities to support the linkage, specifically in terms of information on orientations, tourism development strategies and plans; support joint activities for product development, tourism promotion; tourism human resource development and attracting investment in tourism.
VNAT also agreed with the organization of ITE HCMC 2021 (due in September or November). ITE HCMC is a prestigious annual tourism event of the Vietnam tourism industry, the Chairman said.
Regarding the initiative to honor Vietnam's attractive destinations, Chairman Nguyen Trung Khanh said that this is a good idea to stimulate domestic tourism, promote new and attractive destinations, thereby stimulating the need for travel and exploration of Vietnamese.
VNAT will establish a council and joins with localities to choose the most deserving destination. The initiative will be announced at the forum on linking tourism between Ho Chi Minh City and the North Central provinces to be held in Nghe An in May.
According to plan, VNAT will work with 5 hub tourism localities including Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and HCM City about the stimulate domestic tourism program in 2021.