There is a need to develop an awareness of responsible tourism when it is viewed as the cornerstone to promote the hospitability industry in a sustainable manner, heard a seminar in Ho Chi Minh City on November 13.

The seminar, co-organised by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the European Union, discussed how to develop responsible tourism steadily along with scrutinising t he EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development (ESRT) programme (EU Project).
According to EU Project Director Vu Quoc Tri, a national policy framework for responsible tourism should be laid down and State management should be drastically improved in order to nurture the perpetual growth of the tourism industry.

Meanwhile, VNAT Deputy General Director Ha Van Sieu stressed the need for the broader involvement of stakeholders and society in creating fresh images for Vietnam’s tourism and enhancing the sector’s competitiveness regionally and globally.

Participants proposed integrating responsible tourism into the planning and management of tourism activities in the country.-VNA