Vietnam targets to increase the number of Indian tourist arrivals to 100,000 from the current 10,000 in the foreseeable future, said an official.

To achieve the goal, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has come up with a range of specific plans, including inviting India’s top media agencies to Vietnam to popularise its image upon coming back home and organising a tourism and cooperation conference to discuss feasible joint projects, said Director General of the VNAT’s International Cooperation Department Dinh Ngoc Duc.

On November 5, India’s Jet Airways launched a daily direct flight route linking New Delhi, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh City. It also plans for new flight services to and from the capital city of Hanoi, and other cities of ASEAN member states, Sydney and Melbourne.

Direct flights to India are to be launched by the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and the low-cost Vietjet Air.

According to the VNAT, 2.5 million Indians have visited ASEAN countries each year, with a majority coming to Vietnam for business purpose.-VNA