Online Tourism Day to boost national industry

June 24, 2019 - 08:45
The Online Tourism Day is set to take place on June 26 in Hà Nội gathering the participation of 600 Vietnamese and foreign delegates from the tourism industry.


Floating market in Cần Thơ is one among attractions for tourists. The Việt Nam International Tourism Mart will take place in Cần Thơ at the end of November to boost regional tourism. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Tuệ

HÀ NỘI — The Online Tourism Day is set to take place on June 26 in Hà Nội gathering the participation of 600 Vietnamese and foreign delegates from the tourism industry.

They will include State management agencies, associations, local and foreign tourism enterprises, and businesses in the technology sector.

Timothy Hughes, vice president of marketing for Agoda, will present Agoda’s experiences and vision for the use of technology in tourism.

With the theme of “The inevitable trend of online tourism”, the event is being co-organised by the Việt Nam Tourism Association (VITA) and Việt Nam E-Commerce Association.

Various content will be discussed during the Online Tourism Day, including the boom of online tourism, online tourist behaviour, services to support online tourism, and the application of modern technology and human resources to serve online tourism.

During the event, the Việt Nam E-Commerce Association and VITA will sign an agreement to co-operate on training human resources for online tourism. 

In addition, the VITA will also sign an MoU with the global video community website TikTok.

Vũ Thế Bình, vice chairman of the VITA, said online tourism was an obvious trend in tourism development.

“When people plan a trip, they can book various steps online such as buying flights, booking rooms, pre-ordering food and buying travel insurance,” said Bình.

“Many Vietnamese enterprises are already involved in developing online tourism. Recently, the Việt Nam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) organised a contest for start-ups in developing online tourism to support and encourage young enterprises.”

Bình announced Online Tourism Day during a press briefing held on Friday in Hà Nội. He also revealed that the Việt Nam International Tourism Mart would take place in Cần Thơ at the end of November.

With the theme "Mekong Delta Tourism Going with the Whole Country", the VITM Cần Thơ will aim to boost regional tourism.

The VITM was held for the first time in 2013. It has become the most prestigious and biggest travel mart held annually in Hà Nội.

This is the first time it will be brought to Cần Thơ, the centre of the Mekong Delta region.

“VITM Cần Thơ will promote the image of tourism in the Mekong Delta and introduce tourist attractions to the Mekong Delta region,” said Bình.

Various activities will take place such as introducing tourism products, signing co-operation deals between domestic and foreign enterprises, a food festival, a Mekong Delta Tourism Development forum, and trips for media and travel agents to learn about local tourism.

Visitors will have opportunities to enjoy local food and art performances, and explore and buy packages with promotions.

The VITM Cần Thơ is expected to attract about 300 international and Vietnamese enterprises.

The VITA and VNAT would be promoting VITM Cần Thơ at international events in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia to attract more foreign enterprises, said Bình. — VNS