In 2017, Vietnam welcomed nearly 13 million international tourists, up 29 percent against the previous year. The tourism sector generated 23 billion USD, contributing about 8 percent to the country’s GDP. However, the number of Canadian tourists to Vietnam has remained limited, standing at only 138,242 in 2017 and 104,057 in the first eight months of this year.
According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) General Director Nguyen Van Tuan, to affirm their positions in the Canadian market, Vietnamese travel companies need to make preparations, take suitable solutions, create differences, provide high-quality services and show their friendliness.
Nguyen Dai Trang, Director of the Canada-Vietnam Trade Council, suggested Vietnamese enterprises focus on such groups of Canadian holiday-makers as youths, families, and schools and businesses that want to travel to Vietnam first and then seek educational and economic cooperation opportunities in the country.
Many participating businesses expressed their belief that after the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) comes into effect, the favourable business environment will create new waves of Canadian investment into Vietnam.
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