Illustrative image (Source: vietnamtourism.com)

Many Vietnamese travel firms attended the ongoing 21st International Trade Fair for Travel and Tourism 2015 in Moscow, Russia, with the hope of enticing Russian customers.

Nguyen Quoc Hung, Deputy Head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said Vietnamese firms are at the fair to bring Russian tourists back to Vietnam.

After a wave of Russian tourists coming to Vietnam, since the end of 2014 to the half of 2015, the number of Russian visitors has decreased 30-50 percent due to Russia’s economic difficulties.

Despite a slight increase in the past months, bringing Russian tourists back to Vietnam is still a challenge, he added.

The VNAT’s goal is to increase the number of Russian tourists arriving in Vietnam by 10 percent from now to the end of the year.

In order to achieve the goal, travel firms are creating products and packages that suit Russian travellers.

On the sidelines of the fair, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee organised conference on connecting HCM City tourism business in Russia.-VNA