The number of international tourists visiting Vietnam in July 2014 is estimated at 564,736, increasing 4.6 percent compared to that in June. The total number in the first 7 months is estimated at 4,852,621 arrivals, increasing 15.6% compared to that of the same period last year. The total revenue from tourists has reached 142,400 billion VND. The number of domestic tourists is 27.2 million, increasing 6.7% compared to that of 2013.
In order to improve the quality of tourism services to meet the increasing demand of tourists, infrastructure conditions have been constantly invested and expanded. Currently, Vietnam is in possession of nearly 16000 accommodations for tourists with over 331,500 rooms, about 1,300 international travel agencies, 10,000 domestic tourism companies, and more than 14,500 tour guides. The continuous growth of travel agencies and the increasing professionalism of the workforce in tourism industry have showed the scale and the capacity of Vietnam tourism. Especially, the mission of developing human resource for tourism is focused. Training courses for tourism are held regularly, which contributes to the improved professionalism of the tourism workforce.
In July 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam has implemented a large number of important events such as: program stimulating domestic tourism named “Vietnamese travels Vietnam tours”, Vietnam Exciting Campaign introducing attractive destinations in Vietnam, tourism press conferences held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Roadshows promoting tourism in Vietnam in 3 Russian cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yaroslavl, events welcoming Famtrip delegations from Korea and Japan to research the tourism market in Vietnam, and so on.
In addition, in the first 7 months of 2014, large events also contribute significantly to the development of tourism of localities, such as Highlands – Dalat National Tourism Year, Vietnam International Tourism Market in Hanoi, Hue Festival 2014, Vietnamese Food and Culture Festival, Legend Yang Bay Waterfall in Nha Trang, Dalat Week, International Kite Festival in Vung Tau, and many other local festivals throughout the country. In the near future, the tourism industry will continue to implement missions of the National Action Plan on Tourism and Tourism Promotion Programme. Simultaneously, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism will control and manage strictly the quality of services in attractions to ensure the security and safety for tourists. The tourism is required to strengthen promotion to attract tourists from large international markets like Asia and Europe as well as new potential markets like Africa.
Hopefully, with the effort of the entire industry, Vietnam tourism will overcome difficulties and challenges to maintain growth and achieve sustainable development in the near future.