HANOI — Vietnam wants to make tourism a key economic sector by 2020 that creates a driving force for the development of other sectors.
The country expects to attract 17-20 million foreign visitors and 82 million domestic ones by then.
Visitors are expected to spend US$35 billion in the country in 2020, on-the-spot exports through tourism are expected to reach $20 billion and the sector is hoped to create jobs for four million people including 1.6 million direct jobs.
Such ambitious goals are part of a Politburo resolution on developing tourism into a key economic sector, issued early this year.
Nguyen Van Tuan, General Director of National Administration of Tourism, told a workshop on restructuring Vietnam’s tourism sector yesterday that the resolution created motivation for the sector’s development and it also helped change public awareness about tourism – as not a single sector but a collective one relating to other sectors.