The tourism sector in the Southeast region is striving towards attracting 30 million visitors by 2020, earning around 125 trillion VND (5.75 billion USD), according to the new master plan for the sector.

According to the plan, which was released in Ho Chi Minh City on May 28, by 2030, the region is expected to attract 50 million visitors, generating 230 billion VND (10.58 billion USD).

The plan lists practical measures for boosting regional tourism, including developing human resources, fostering regional tourism links, expanding markets and diversifying tourism goods and services.

According to Nguyen Thi Hong, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, Ho Chi Minh City, one of the region’s six localities, has recorded an average annual tourism growth of 26 percent, accounting for 11 percent of the city’s GDP.

The new plan plays an important role in boosting the tourism sector in the whole region as well as each locality in particular, she said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien said the regional tourism sector had grown, significantly contributing to socio-economic development in the region.

However, she pointed out that the sector lacked a long-term vision to tap into its full potential, adding that the master plan was crucial for sustainable development in the region.-VNA