India opens cultural centre in Hanoi

HANOI, 2 May 2017: The Indian Embassy in Vietnam opened  an Indian cultural centre in Hanoi, last week, to boost tourism between the countries.

Local media reported the Indian Cultural Centre will contribute to the promotion of heritage and values shared by both nations.

The facility will introduce Indian cultural features, such as dances and yoga, to Vietnamese people, and boost cultural exchange and tourism, according to Culture, Sports and Tourism deputy minister Le Khanh Hai.

“The centre illustrates cultural cooperation between Vietnam and India and contributes to strengthening bilateral friendship and strategic partnership.”

Vietnam and India established diplomatic relations on 7 January, 1972.

Over 45 years, bilateral relations between the countries have been consolidated and various areas such as economic and trade cooperation over the last 25 years. In 2007, bilateral relations were elevated to the level of a strategic partnership.

According to India’s Tourism Ministry,  the number of Indian tourists to Vietnam has increased from 33,000 in 2010 to 85,000 in 2016.

However, the number of Indian tourists to Vietnam in 2016 only accounted for 3% of the total of 2 million Indian tourists to ASEAN and is much lower than the 20 million Indians going on overseas holidays each year.