Vietnamese tourism is ready to welcome American tourists back
On May 18th, 2022, within the framework of the visit and working session of the Prime Minister of Vietnam in the US, a conference on trade - investment - tourism promotion between the US and Vietnam took place in San Francisco city, co-organized by Vietnam Airlines, Thien Minh Group, and Saigon Tourist.
With the theme "Rediscovering Vietnam - Rediscovering Vietnam", the conference broadcasted the message of Vietnam's recovery, opening, and strong development after 2 years of the pandemic.
The most favorable time
Dang Ngoc Hoa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines Corporation (VNA), hopes this conference will be an opportunity for American partners to learn about the business environment in Vietnam. Currently, VNA is operating 4 flights/week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco with 4-star quality. VNA is planning to increase the frequency of daily non-stop flights by 2023 and is studying to open cargo flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles.
The Prime Minister witnessed the parties handing over cooperation agreements at the conference
The US in particular and North America, in general, are the key markets in the Vietnamese tourism industry. As with Saigontourist Group, normally before the Covid-19 epidemic, this group every year attracts hundreds of thousands of American tourists to Vietnam. According to Mr. Pham Huy Binh - Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saigontourist Group, on this occasion, Saigontourist Group will make the most of its strengths in its existing network of partners and potential partners in the US and North America to jointly promote Vietnamese tourism, South and Ho Chi Minh City tourism.
Besides, Mr. Tran Trong Kien, CEO of Thien Minh Group, said that this is the most favorable period for Vietnam's tourism industry to strengthen its presence in the US. Mr. Kien emphasized that the US is a potential market for Thien Minh company and the company is focusing on the US market.
There is great cooperation immediately
Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh informed US businesses about some key features of the two countries' relations and Vietnam's socio-economic situation.
In particular, in terms of tourism, the US is continuously ranked at the top in terms of the number of visitors to Vietnam. Before the pandemic, in 2019, the number of tourists from the US reached nearly 750,000 arrivals, the average growth rate in the period 2014 - 2019 was 11% and in the future, it will certainly be even higher", the Prime Minister also sent. Thank you for the support of international friends, including the US for helping Vietnam control the epidemic situation, and reopening tourism and aviation.
“The first foreign delegation to return to Vietnam after we officially reopened tourism activities from March 15 was also a group of tourists from the US. Vietnam is a tourist market that Americans are interested in. I believe that after this visit and conference, everything will be even better,” concluded the Prime Minister.
During this conference, businesses of the two sides exchanged many valuable memorandums of cooperation. Notably, Saigontourist Group, Vietnam Airlines signed a contract with Deta Travel Services on how to cooperate in the business of bringing two-way passengers between Vietnam and the US. It is expected that with this deal, Saigontourist will earn about 5 million USD per year.
Take lychee to America by plane
In addition to promoting trade, investment, and tourism, the conference also marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of a representative office of the national airline - Vietnam Airlines in San Francisco. On this occasion, Vietnam Airlines, in collaboration with the People's Committee of Bac Giang province, signed a cooperation agreement on export promotion and consumption of lychee and agricultural products of this province with American partners.
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(Source: Thanh Nien News)
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