Thua Thien-Hue seminar looks to develop tourism workforce hinh anh 1Visitors on rickshaws (Source: VNA)
Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – A seminar discussing the adoption of the 2013 Vietnam Tourism Occupational Standards (VTOS) was held in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on March 17.

VTOS was approved by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) as part of the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme, known as the EU Project.

It consists of a range of units of competence that specify particular skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to fulfill job requirements satisfactorily.

Participants also debated tourism training cooperation between educational establishments and firms, and the demand for tourism workforce training in the central coastal region.

Phan Tien Dung, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said tourist arrivals have surged nearly 15 percent annually, pushing revenue by 30 percent recently.

Currently, the total number of people working in local tourism is nearly 35,000, he added

Moreover, a survey indicated that half of hospitality employers offer new training to their staff, especially those working in marketing and housekeeping practices.

Co-hosted by the EU Project and the provincial People’s Committee, the event attracted over 100 stakeholders coming from Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam.-VNA