As many as 33 tourism teachers, directors and representatives of the Vietnam Tourism Association completed a training course on responsible tourism in Hanoi on April 18-19.

The course was held by the EU-funded Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme for the first time in Vietnam (also known as the EU project).

Participants, who were selected carefully and most of them trained in the Vietnam Tourism Occupancy Standard (VTOS), became trainers of responsible tourism in Vietnam after the course.

They are scheduled to hold 12 seminars on responsible tourism for 3,000 beneficiaries from state agencies, private businesses and local communities, in the coming months.

Responsible tourism contributes to enhancing the competitiveness, bringing benefits to local people, protecting national resources, and promoting Vietnam 's position in the regional and global tourism market as an attractive destination.

The EU project, implemented over 2011-2015 by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, has a total cost of 12.1 million EUR with 11 million EUR sourced from the EU.-VNA