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Hanoi (VNA) — Green tourism will be the main theme of the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2019, which is scheduled for March 27 – 30 in Hanoi.

Organised by Vietnam Tourism Association (VITA), the annual expo has so far received registration from businesses and travel management agencies across 39 provinces and cities nationwide as well as 22 countries and territories worldwide.  

Participating booths are expected to offer more than 18,000 tour packages and 40,000 air tickets with special discounts at the event.

The mart also covers forums, including one on green tourism, which will attract some 1,000 participants from public agencies, businesses and universities.

A forum on Vietnam’s outbound tourism will discuss hot topics in sending tourists overseas, in the context of the number of Vietnamese travelling to foreign countries increasing by 15-20 percent annually.

A forum on tourism jobs will also take place, with the participation of leading experts and successful businesspeople. It aims to help students gain career advice in the sector, which has a workforce lacking in both quality and quantity.  

The VITM 2019 will include road shows and programmes introducing destinations at home and abroad, an international street food festival, signing ceremonies for several cooperation deals and art performances.

VITA Vice Chairman Vu The Binh estimated that VITM will attract 85,000 visitors this year. Last year, it received 80,000.

The mart will take place at the International Exhibition Centre, 91 Tran Hung Dao Street.-VNA