Vietnam to reach out to trade in Scandinavia

New travel and tourism investments planned as arrivals soar
Travel industry players in Vietnam are increasing investments in the country to better capture rising demand for the destination, TTG Asia reports.
International arrivals to Vietnam increased 25% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2016, reaching nearly 7.3 million visitors, and relaxed visa policies are set to boost arrivals even further.
Tran Gia Bach, general manager of Buffalo Tours, said his travel company “will expand our trade sales network to grow end-markets such as Scandinavia, China, Japan and South Korea to capture a greater share of arrivals to Vietnam”.
He highlighted major investment projects taking place across the country that will help absorb future visitor increases. These include “significant infrastructure investments such as improvement works at Noi Bai and Da Nang international airports”, he said.
“In addition, the government is undertaking a feasibility study for a new airport in Phan Thiet and preliminary work at Long Thanh near Ho Chi Minh City.”
Tan Son Nhat, Ho Chi Minh City’s current airport, is being expanded too, with a new terminal to open next year.
Bach also pointed to a new highway between Hanoi and Ha Long, which will open in 2017 and cut travel time between the two cities to three hours.
Leanne Harwood of InterContinental Hotels Group agrees that Vietnamese authorities are keeping pace with tourism arrivals. “Recently, we’ve seen a strong push by the government to boost tourism to drive economic growth,” she said.
IHG plans to take advantage of this push by increasing its investment in the country. “Our presence in Vietnam spans six hotels across the country and we plan to double our presence over the next few years,” Harwood revealed.
The upcoming Crowne Plaza Phu Quoc, for example, will add 300 rooms to the popular island destination next year.
TTG Asia