Vietnam reaps Aussie growth
VIETNAM’S booming tourism industry brought a message of thanks to the Australian travel trade last night as it wrapped up a national roadshow.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) joined with 15 industry suppliers in Sydney for an event that has also visited Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Auckland, attracting about 500 travel agents.
VNAT chairman Nguyen Van Tuan told guests Vietnam had experienced a 15% increase in Australian visitors last year with more than 320,000 arrivals, and was expecting a further 10% increase in 2018.
“Australian tourists are most welcome in Vietnam because Australians are regarded as the longest staying and the highest spending visitors,” Tuan said.
Asia DMC Group md Linh Le said Vietnam had become a mature destination for Australians, who were becoming repeat travellers and exploring further to cities like Da Nang and Hoi An.
Pictured at last night’s event are VNAT director Dinh Ngoc Duc, VNAT chairman Nguyen Van Tuan, Asia DMC group md Linh Le and Tweet World Travel managing director Thuy Carroll.