February 27, 2018
 

Nguyen Quy Phuong, Director General, Travel Industry Management Department, Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism, talks about the growing volume of Indian arrivals to Vietnam in an interview with Irene Susan Eapen.

Nguyen Quy Phuong, Director General, Travel Industry Management Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), reveals statistics on the Indian arrivals into the country in the recent past. “We have experienced a tremendous growth from the Indian market, around 85,000 Indians visited Vietnam last year, which is a 30% increase compared to the preceding year. Vietnam has extended e-visa for Indian nationals
from January 2018 so Indian travellers are now eligible for a 30- day single entry electronic visa. We have also noticed that a major chunk of the Indian traffic to Vietnam now is business travel.” “The growth from here is likely to grow once we have direct flights from India to Vietnam.

With direct connectivity, they need not spend long hours transiting at Bangkok or Singapore. We heard the
Vietjet, a domestic carrier of Vietnam, is planning to start a direct flight from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City from March 2018; this is definitely going to boost Vietnam Tourism.”

Promotional Plans

VNAT recently organized roadshows in New Delhi and Mumbai and also plans to hold some more roadshows in other cities in the future.

Segments

Vietnam has 3,000 km of coastline with pristine beaches and luxury resorts to cater to leisure travellers. From Ha Long in the North to the Southern Islands of PhuQuoc, with Da Nang at the Centre, the country offers variety in terms of experiences.

We are mainly known for our vast culture, beaches, Eco tourism and city breaks. We are targeting on FITs, MICE, weddings, honeymooners, anti ageing spa treatment package, beach lovers package, family groups, golf tours, Vietnam rice terrace field tours, coffee plantation inspection, industrial visits, student groups, adventure and culinary, etc.

Spending and stay patterns

Most of the travellers visit places like Hanoi, Ha long, Ho Chi Minh City and stay 7-8 days and spend 800- 900 USD per person on an average.

Destinations

Some of the unique destinations promoted to the Indian market are Hanoi city, the capital of Vietnam; Ha Long Bay which is a World Heritage site; Hue, the former capital of Vietnam; Hoi An, another World Heritage site; beach destinations like Danang, Ninh Binh, Nha Trang and Phan Thiet and Ho Chi Minh City. The Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh Province in the Northeast of Vietnam, 165 km from the capital. Phu Quoc is also another
island destination that is becoming popular.

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