This is part of Vietnam Tourism and Culture Week held by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VAT) in Seoul and Gwangchu from September 17-22.
At the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh highlighted the country’s tourism potential with rich and diverse ecosystems and beautiful landscape. Specifically Vietnam has many world tangible and intangible heritage examples recognised by UNESCO, as well as cultural identities close to Korean people.
Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi said that Vietnam and the RoK have great potential for promoting culture and tourism exchange, including golf tourism, and that if there is close coordination among travel and aviation agents, hotels and golf courses, tourism businesses of two countries will have cheap golf tours, attracting more Koreans to Vietnam.
Chi urged relevant Korean agencies to relax immigrant requirements, making it easier for more Vietnamese people to visit the RoK.
At the forum, representatives from Korean groups which are operating in the hospitality and tourism industries in Vietnam, such as Charmvit, shared evaluations on Vietnam’s tourism potential, especially golf tourism, and encouraged Korean travel agents and visitors to come to Vietnam.
Representatives from Vietnamese businesses like Vietnam Airlines answered Korean partners’ questions relating to designing tours.
The RoK is the key tourism market of Vietnam. The Vietnam Administration of Tourism has implemented measures to attract Korean travellers to Vietnam, such as exempting visas and opening more direct flights between the two countries.
The RoK has ranked second among countries with the highest number of visitors to Vietnam for the past five years.
Vietnam welcomed 750,000 Korean people last year and nearly 550,000 in just the first eight months of this year alone.