The Hanoitimes - Vietnam tourism activities have recently grown significantly and attracted an increasing number of foreign tourists.
The Vietnam Tourism Awards 2018 have been granted to 85 tourism enterprises that have gained outstanding achievements and contributions to the sectors.
On the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam Tourism Industry (July 9, 1960 - 2018), an awards ceremony was held on July 9 to honour Vietnam’s top travel agencies in 2018. 10 leading travel firms, 15 top five-star hotels, 15 top four-star hotels, 15 passenger automobile carriers, 10 top restaurants for tourists, 10 shops, five tourism areas and 10 leading golf courses, five top tourism investors were awarded.
Vietnam Tourism Awards given to 58 excellent tourism enterprises.
In addition, the organizing board honoured 12 winners of writing contest on Vietnamese tourism, which was launched from October 2017. “I Love Vietnam” - a special prize for foreigners with best writing work on Vietnamese tourism – was presented to Lana O’Sullivan from the US.
According to Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, over the past 58 years, Vietnam tourism activities have grown and attracted an increasing number of foreign tourists.
In the recent three years, the number of international visitors has grown 30%, reaching nearly 13 million in 2017 from 8 million in 2015. Its revenue in the year exceeded VND510 trillion (US$21.93 billion), accounting for nearly 8% of the country’s GDP, he noted.
In 2018, the sector aims to serve 16 million foreign and 82 million domestic tourists, said the minister, adding that Vietnam had the world’s sixth fastest growing tourism sector and Asia’s fastest last year.