Illustrative image (Photo:

The program, the first of its kind held overseas since the reopening on March 15, updated participants on Vietnam’s tourism resumption policy, along with travel products and services of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and Thien Minh Group (TMG) – two organisers of the event. It also served as a platform for Vietnamese and British businesses to share information and seek partnership chances.

In his speech, Ambassador Nguyen Hoang Long said Vietnam is emerging as an attractive destination for foreign tourists thanks to beautiful landscapes, hospitable people, and diverse cuisine. Over the last 10 years, the number of British visitors to Vietnam has grown by 15 – 20 percent annually, which is partly thanks to direct flights conducted by Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways.

The country looks to become one of the leading tourist attractions in the world, he noted, affirming that the embassy and other representative agencies of Vietnam in the UK will do their utmost to provide the best services for British travellers who are interested in Vietnam.

TMG Chairman and CEO Tran Trong Kien held that the Vietnamese Government’s tourism reopening decision is completely right and clear-sighted. As some major sources of tourists like China and Japan remain closed to or still restrict international tourism, the reopening with only a few restrictions will help Vietnam’s tourism sector connect with large markets like Europe, including the UK.

The target of welcoming 500,000 – 1 million British visitors this year is completely feasible, he added.

Tourism promotion event held to attract British visitors to Vietnam ảnh 2 Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK Nguyen Hoang Long speaks at the program. (Photo: VNA)

Nicolas Corney, Director for aviation services of the London-based Southall Travel, applauded Vietnam’s tourism reopening, describing this as a big opportunity for bolstering tourism between the two countries.

He added the 15-day visa exemption for tourists to Vietnam is a perfect condition for those wishing to travel to the country for the first time, and expressed his belief that with beautiful natural landscapes, special culture, and charming cuisine, Vietnam has only few tourism rivals in the region.

It is important for the country to further popularise its tourism reopening policy and entry procedures such as those on pre-departure Covid-19 testing, Corney recommended.

Before the pandemic, Vietnam posted annual tourism growth of 22.7 percent during 2015 – 2019. The sector made up 9.2 percent of its gross domestic product.

The tourism industry aims to return to 45 – 50 percent of the pre-pandemic levels in 2022 – 2023, attracting about 9 million international arrivals by the end of 2023.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here