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Vietnam looks to tap tourism market in India

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Vietnam hopes to expand its share in India’s great tourism market in the coming time, a Vietnamese official told a round-table seminar on tourism in New Delhi, India on April 25.

The seminar was part of the Global Exhibition on Services (GES) that is underway in New Delhi on April 23-25, with delegates from more than 40 countries taking part.

Addressing the seminar, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu praised the progress of bilateral tourism engagement since the two governments signed a cooperation agreement in 2001.

Tourism cooperation is part of the agenda of talks during respective visits by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last September and October.

Ha Van Sieu said with a 1.2 billion population and soaring demand for foreign travel, India is becoming a promising market of Vietnam. However, few Indian tourists go to Vietnam, and most Indian visitors arrive in the country for business purpose.

He expressed hope that the GES will offer Indians an opportunity to learn more about Vietnam, its culture and people.

In his opening remarks, Indian Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said the Indian government is rolling out appropriate policies to promote tourism, including ways to ensure security and safety of domestic and foreign visitors.-VNA
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