The DPRK and USA flags at 19/8 Square (Photo: VietnamPlus)

 

Hanoi (VNA) - The DPRK-USA Summit will bring many new chances to Vietnam, with the tourism sector having a "golden opportunity" to popularise its image as a safe and attractive destination with rich identities to the world.

Over the past few days, the second DPRK-USA summit (scheduled for late February in Hanoi) has become a hot topic in domestic and global media, with many mentioning the opportunities it will bring to Vietnam.

Positioning its brand on the world travel map with destinations being ranked top in the region and the world thanks to beautiful natural landscapes and unique culture, the Vietnamese tourism industry is optimistic about 2019.

The sector hopes to record 103 million tourists, including 18 million foreigners and 85 million domestic ones. It is determined to fulfill targets a year ahead of schedule in the Politburo’s Resolution No.08 on developing tourism into a pillar of the economy.

At this time, it hopes that the upcoming second DPRK-USA Summit will be a golden opportunity to affirm Vietnam’s tourism appeal.

In particular, a leader from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) said the event will not only popularise Vietnam as a safe and friendly destination but also a place for peace.

At Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square (Photo: VietnamPlus)

 

The second DPRK-USA Summit is a crucial event to bring in foreign visitors to Vietnam, he said.

VNAT Deputy Director General Ha Van Sieu said with the presence of about 2,500 – 3,000 foreign media outlets, the event will attract the attention of international friends.

It will enable Vietnamese landscapes to be covered on international media and more stories about a safe and hospitable Vietnam to be spread.

Cau Vang bridge in Da Nang (Photo: VietnamPlus)  

 

The VNAT plans to work with the Hanoi People's Committee and other authorities to strengthen supervision and quality control of services for foreign delegates, reporters and tourists.

A plan to arrange staff to deal with difficulties affecting visitors during the event has also been devised.

The VNAT provided the Foreign Ministry with information introducing Vietnam’s tourism and attractive destinations. In particular, links between Vietnam’s tourism website with the Foreign Ministry’s international media registration website are being completed.

At the international media centre, the VNAT will arrange pictures featuring the country and people of Vietnam, and provide information introducing Vietnam’s tourism, top destinations and special images of regions and prepare four clips popularising Vietnam’s endless beauty, cuisine, heritages and seas for foreign reporters.

Director of the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism To Van Dong said the department has prepared banners and panels along roads and in hotels serving delegations. Others in airports, intersections and major roads will be also set up.

Popularisation work has begun via LED monitors, huge advertising screens along Vo Chi Cong, Lang Ha, Lieu Giai, Vo Nguyen Giap road leading to Noi Bai international airport, Le Quang Dao, Giang Vo, Lang and Truong Chinh roads.

In Trang Tien street, Hanoi (Photo: VietnamPlus)

 

Tran Thuy Lan, deputy head of the Hanoi Old Quarter management board, said a photo exhibition “Reformed Hanoi” will be held around Hoan Kiem lake and the banner “Hanoi – City for Peace” will be hung on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the city being recognised for the status.

On the back of the international-scale event, the city’s culture sector wants to send a message of Hanoi as a destination for peace and call on the people to be polite and hospitable by simple acts such as abiding by traffic rules, keeping clean environment, restricting street vendors and not encroaching on sidewalks and roadways.

In 2019, the tourism industry aims to welcome 103 million visitors, including 18 million international visitors and 85 million domestic tourists.

Last year, Vietnam was honoured as a leading tourist destination in Asia in the World Travel Awards (WTA).

In 2017, Vietnam was ranked sixth in Top 10 fastest-growing tourist destinations by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).-VNA