An international seminar on promoting Vietnam’s sea image opened in the central province of Binh Thuan on March 18, with 100 experts and managers from foreign and domestic travel agents taking part.

The event offered a chance for travel agents and localities to develop sea tourism in a synchronised manner towards building Vietnam’s sea profile in the world as well as to help experts and businesses exchange experiences and seek cooperation opportunities.

Pham Thi Diep, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said that with a coastline of over 3,260 km and over 2,700 islands, sea and island tourism accounts for 70 percent of the tourism sector’s activities and is considered one of five breakthrough steps for developing maritime and coastal economies.

The participants also discussed the development of high quality sea and island tourism as a priority, the role of community in the development of the tourism image, as well as the quality of sea tourism products.

Concluding the event, experts agreed on solutions to develop sea travel products for each of Vietnam’s coastal regions, develop human resources, strengthen cooperation among coastal localities with tourism neighborhoods and boost international cooperation and investment./.