Hanoi to host travel and tourism summit in December hinh anh 1At the press conference on October 23
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Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit 2019 will be held for the second time in Hanoi on December 9 under the theme “For Vietnamese Tourism to Really Take Off”.

The details were announced by the organisers at a press conference in Hanoi on October 23.

The event will be co-organised by the Government's Advisory Council for Administrative Procedure Reform, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Tourism Advisory Board (TAB), the Vietnam Tourism Association and online newspaper VnExpress.

The summit would offer an opportunity for enterprises and investors in Vietnam and abroad to look at strategies and potential, as well as challenges, for tourism development, said Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong.

Huong said that Vietnam’s tourism is in a period of strong development with high growth. Vietnamese tourism has also been honoured by many prestigious international organisations and won global awards. Most recently, Vietnam was honoured to receive four world tourism awards.

The delegates will discuss the infrastructure of Vietnamese tourism, and measures to attract investment and training in the field.

Tran Trong Kien, Chairman of the National Tourism Advisory Board, said the summit has three major goals.

Those are to promote sustainable development for Vietnam's tourism sector, enhance national tourism competitiveness, and increase the sector’s direct contribution to GDP from 8.39 percent in 2018 to over 10 percent in 2021, Kien said.

The event will also help promote the image and culture of Vietnam to the world, thus luring more foreign investment to Vietnam’s tourism sector, he said.

The third target is to realise a common aviation market called “ASEAN Open Sky”, the first-ever of its kind in the Mekong countries (CLMTV) community.

The summit will include four thematic sessions and a plenary session.

Each thematic session is expected to welcome 150-200 guests, who will discuss topics such as promotion activities, improving trip planning and travel experience, and connect the aviation market.

The plenary session will involve 2,000 guests. In addition to discussing solutions for tourism and aviation development, the session will also witness the launch of tourism promotion offices in the UK and Australia.

The organisers board will also invite leaders of the world’s largest tourism corporations, along with senior representatives from the World Tourism Organisation and other international agencies.

The first Vietnam Travel and Tourism Summit was held in Hanoi last year with the participation of 1,500 guests. Within the framework of the event, five trade deals worth nearly 2 billion USD were signed between international partners and domestic enterprises./.