Vietnam has actively promoted its tourism offerings in Russia to foster cooperation ties with the country and attract Russian travellers.

A delegation led by Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) Nguyen Quoc Hung attended the 10th International Travel Fair Intourmarket (ITM) 2015 held in Moscow on March 17.

During ITM 2015, the VNAT introduced the promotion campaign “Vietnam-Timeless Charm”, activities of the “Connecting World Heritage” National Tourism Year 2015, and specific tourism options such as sea and island tourism; oceanic cultural tourism; meeting, incentive, convention, and exhibition (MICE) tourism; and eco-tourism.

The VNAT is also calling localities and tourist agencies to join the 2015 Kazan Tourism and Sport Exhibition taking place from April 10-11 in Kazan, Tatarstan ( Russia ) to seek partnerships.

Last year’s exhibition was attended by more than 140 travel agencies from 25 cities in Russia.

Russia is considered a key market in Vietnam’s national strategy for tourism development through 2020.

Russia was one of the top 10 visiting nations to Vietnam in 2014 with nearly 365,000 travellers, up 22.4 percent from 2013.-VNA