Quang Ninh (VNA) – Vietnam has promptly seized every opportunity to promote
tourism as the country is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
(APEC) Year 2017, said an official.
been considered a key factor in selecting venues and agenda for the APEC Year
2017 events, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai said at a press conference held at the end of the APEC High
Level Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Tourism in northeastern Quang Ninh
province on June 19.
and the Technical Workshop on Sustainable Tourism organised within the
framework of the first APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 1) in the central
coastal province of Khanh Hoa in February, are among initiatives put forth by
Vietnam to contribute to boosting tourism cooperation among APEC member
economies while responding to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for
Development set by the United Nations, he stressed.
development will continue be included in the upcoming APEC events, particularly
in the framework of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, which is scheduled to
take place in the central city of Da Nang in November.
The ten venues
to host APEC Year 2017 events are those with renowned tourism attractions and
cultural values across the nation, including Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh, Thua
Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City.
minister noted that during the official APEC 2017 events, Vietnam has introduced
the images of its people, landscapes, cultural values and high-end
infrastructure facilities to participating international delegates.
tourism sector has also organised numerous activities to boost interactions
between APEC delegates and local communities such as free tours to popular
destinations, offering souvenirs, photo exhibitions, among others, he added.
regularly and actively participated in mostly all important activities of APEC
tourism cooperation with APEC member economies. To date, Vietnam has exempted
entry visa for nine member economies and implemented electronic visas for three
other economies, creating favourable conditions for travelers.
In 2016, top
ten source tourism markets of Vietnam are APEC member economies. Vietnam
welcomed a record number of 10 million international visitors in the year,
including over 8.1 million foreign tourists, or 81 percent from APEC
economies, including China, Russia, Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea and