Vietnam to recognise quality tourism

HANOI, 23 January 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism will conduct an audit of all tourist destinations in the country and announce results once annually that will identify improvements in quality.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, will set the criteria to evaluate tourist sites as well as to honour and encourage service providers who improve quality with a ranking.

The decision was signed on 28 December, last year, by Minister Nguyen Ngoc Thien and went into force from that date.

inside no 2To be identified as a major tourist zone or region, the region must make an investment in tourism and welcome at least 500,000 visitors a year.

Meanwhile, a tourist destination must serve at least 50,000 travellers annually, the report said.

Management organisations and investors of tourist zones and destinations must submit documents to VNAT to undergo an audit that will lead to certification.

The management agency will look at 32 criteria.

The criteria touches on tourism resources, products, services, facilities, customers’ satisfaction and public participation in the tourism industry.

Vietnam forecasts the country will attract 11.5 million foreign visitors and earning revenue of USD20.24 billion for 2017.

Last year, Vietnam attracted 10,012,735 international tourists growing 26.0% over 2015.