The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will develop tourism into a spearhead by 2030, creating impetus to boost the growth of other industries, and making significant contributions to shaping a modern economy.

Under its strategy to branch out tourism by 2030 with a vision until 2050, the ministry will work to make Vietnam become a renowned tourist attraction and leading destination in the Southeast Asia by 2030, and in the Asia-Pacific by 2050.

To realise the set goals, the overriding priority will be given to sustainable tourism development, which means tourism will be branched out in tandem with preservation of the nation’s traditional cultural characteristics, effective management and use of natural resources, protection of biodiversity, sound settlement of jobs and social welfare, and ensuring defence, security and social order.

Advanced technology and high-quality human resources are seen as breakthrough elements to build a professional, quality and competitive tourism industry.

Close to 8.5 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first half of this year, a rise of 7.5 percent year on year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).