Tap­ping In­dian mar­ket

Whether it’s con­nec­tiv­ity or lack of in­for­ma­tion, Ton Sinh Thanh, Am­bas­sador to In­dia, Nepal & Bhutan, S.R. of Viet­nam, tells , how both coun­tries can work to­gether to curb all ways to in­crease tourism from In­dia to Viet­nam.

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Viet­nam re­cently or­gan­ised a road­show in In­dia in New Delhi for the first time. The oc­ca­sion co­in­cided with the cel­e­bra­tion of Viet­nam’s 69th Na­tional Day. On the oc­ca­sion, var­i­ous tourist des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing MICE, leisure and hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions were show­cased. Viet­nam is a coun­try with a mix of edgy ur­ban with nat­u­ral ru­ral. One can find ev­ery as­pect of na­ture in this coun­try, from for­est to sea and all kinds of ar­chi­tec­ture, from an­cient to mod­ern. The coun­try is also a per­fect des­ti­na­tion for hon­ey­moon­ers and newly mar­ried cou­ples.

Ton Sinh Thanh, Am­bas­sador to In­dia, Nepal & Bhutan, S.R. of Viet­nam said, “In terms of con­nec­tiv­ity, we highly ap­pre­ci­ate the re­cent open­ing of di­rect flights by Jet Air­ways from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City.

Thanh in­formed that more road­shows are be­ing planned in ev­ery quar­ter in dif­fer­ent In­dian states and ci­ties. The next des­ti­na­tions will be Kolkata, Hy­der­abad, Ben­galuru and Chen­nai. “Only about 30,000 In­dian tourists vis­ited Viet­nam last year. This is a sur­pris­ingly low num­ber, es­pe­cially if we com­pare it to over 1 mil­lion of In­dian tourists to Thai­land in 2013, over 900,000 to Sin­ga­pore and 200,000 to In­done­sia, in the same pe­riod. We think the lack of in­for­ma­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity is to be blamed,” Thanh added.

He also men­tioned that it is nec­es­sary for the Viet­namese and In­dian tour op­er­a­tors to tap the huge po­ten­tials for tourism co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Viet­nam and In­dia which will not only bring the ben­e­fits to the tour op­er­a­tors but also con­trib­ute in strength­en­ing the peo­ple to peo­ple link­age and tra­di­tional friend­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

We hope that the con­nec­tiv­ity could be fur­ther en­hanced when Viet­nam Air­lines and Vi­et­jet Air will open di­rect flights from Viet­nam to In­dia early next year.”

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