HO CHI MINH CITY, 14 March 2018: India is promoting its tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City this week following the announcement that Vietjet will shortly start direct service to New Delhi.
Organised by the Consulate General of India the consumer show in Ho Chi Minh City, hosted this week, focuses on India’s culture, cuisine and nature attractions.
‘Visit India in 2018’, was attended by officials from the Department of Tourism, Vietnamese and Indian tourism enterprises and airline representatives.
The leaders of both countries have agreed to intensify cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism and people-to-people exchange, while widening and deepening cultural and historical ties, he said.
Tourism has been identified as a priority area for cooperation and a daily flight is only months away. Once there are direct services tour agents in India will have more convenient air links to promote tours to Vietnam.
Currently, tour groups need to fly to Singapore, or Bangkok, to change planes and in some instances airlines to reach Vietnam, which increases end-to-end travel time and fare costs.
Last year, foreign tourist arrivals to India reached 10.17 million, an increase of 15.6% compared to 2016.
Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism deputy director, Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, said the city welcomed about 57,000 Indian visitors, last year, an increase of 10.4% over 2016.
According to World Travel and Tourism Council’s research, among the world’s 10 fastest growing destinations for leisure-travel India, followed by Vietnam, China and Thailand top the chart.