VOV.VN - Thien Minh Group and Vietnam Airlines co-hosted a conference in Paris on June 21 aiming to seek ways to ramp up trade and tourism promotion activities between Vietnam and France.
Addressing the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang emphasised that Vietnam is an attractive destination for French tourists, and that the resumption of international flights as of March 15 had led to a rise in the number of visitors to the country.
The diplomat noted that the Government's decision to resume trade and tourism activities following the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly contributed to accelerating economic growth and attracting international arrivals to return to Vietnam, especially those from France and other European Union states.
The conference provides a timely update to both French and European tour operators on the Vietnamese Government’s orientations for future tourism development, thereby contributing to tightening the relationship between both countries, said Ambassador Thang.
Pham Thi Nguyet, acting director of Sales & Marketing at Vietnam Airlines, revealed that the local carrier has partnered with relevant Vietnamese ministries and leading travel agencies such as Thien Minh Group, Saigontourism, and Sungroup to deploy several programmes aimed at kick-starting tourism activities.
She revealed that the Vietnamese airline plans to restore all domestic and international routes by 2023 as a means of accelerating digital transformation and offering a flexible fare policy for customers, noting that Vietnam Airlines views France as one of its five major markets.
Vietnam Airlines intends to increase five flights per week to France for this year’s winter flight schedule and resume all flights to the country by 2023, the executive announced.
Elodie Courzadet, business development manager at Thien Minh Group, briefed representatives from travel firms in France on the company’s latest tourism packages to explore popular tourist attractions in Vietnam.
She stressed that foreign tourists entering the country are not obligated to undergo COVID-19 testing and mandatory quarantine which is expected to entice more travelers to visit Vietnam in the time ahead.
At present, the company has received plenty of bookings from French customers for the year-end period, with the figure anticipated to rise gradually by 2023, she said.