|Old glory: Tourists visit Nguyễn Huệ Walking Street in downtown HCM City. — VNS Photo An Hiếu|
HCM CITY— A wide variety of exciting cultural, sports, fashion and cuisine events will be planned annually in HCM City to attract more tourists, city leaders have said.
At least one tourism event will be held monthly, said Đinh La Thăng, secretary of the HCM City Party Committee.
Tourism activities and products should be more diverse, Thăng said at a conference on the Political Bureau’s Resolution on tourism development held on Wednesday.
Under the resolution, the tourism industry is expected to become a spearhead economic sector by 2030 and help Việt Nam to be included on the list of countries with a leading tourism industry in Southeast Asia.
Thăng said that fake goods, low-quality products and poor food hygiene as well as pavement encroachment and sales fraud should be eliminated to make the city a safe and modern destination for tourists.
Strategic planning on tourism development with linkages to other regions in the country and destinations abroad is expected to be formulated soon.
Concerted efforts from departments, agencies and stakeholders are needed to develop tourism into a spearhead sector and raise the number of foreign visitors to 10 million a year, he said.
Võ Anh Tài, deputy general director of Saigontourist Holding Company, said there would be more night activities for visitors, including entertainment options and tourism services round-the-clock.
Scott Hodetts, general director of Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Tower, said the city had achieved great improvement in tourism infrastructure and human resources.
However, procedures for tourist visa applications and customs clearance for goods serving conferences and events remain barriers to attracting foreign visitors.
He suggested that authorities take measures to operate effective entertainment services throughout the night.
Last year, the city welcomed 5.2 million foreign and 21.8 million domestic tourists.
Tourism revenue was estimated at VNĐ103 trillion (US$4.53 billion), contributing 11 per cent to the city’s GDP. — VNS