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.
The central part of Vietnam where the cities of Hoi An, Hue and Da Nang are located, is considered to be one of the main touristic centers of the country. The region contains a diversity of attractions ranging from a UNESCO World Heritage town to archeological sites and even Vietnam’s former imperial capital. For outdoorsy types, the area also has plenty to offer in terms of beaches and you can find plenty of award-winning luxury resorts here. The world’s largest cave – Hang Son Doong – can also be found in the region.
If you are visiting Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue and thinking how long you need to spend in the area, I would suggest you go for 4 days / 3 nights minimally.
The central province plans to build a sculpture park in the My Son Sanctuary to honour people for their contributions to preserving and restoring its cultural heritages, earning them the UNESCO recognition.
The Chairman of Duy Xuyen District’s People’s Committee, Nguyen Cong Dung told Viet Nam News the park will be designed as a destination for tourists when visiting Cham towers complex in My Son.
‘We have been collecting opinions and ideas in making an official design for the park. It will serve as a part of introduction of the My Son Sanctuary and history of preservation of the heritage,” Dung said.
“The best design will be selected for commencing the park later this year,” he said.
NDO – Having an interest in flying camera (fly cam) techniques for many years, photographer Lam Tu Khoa is now the owner of numerous film strips and photos capturing the central and Central Highlands regions, particularly his homeland Da Nang city.
Khoa has had more than 20 years of experience working as a technician at Vietnam Television in Da Nang, his passion for photography and fly cam techniques started in the days when he joined his colleagues as they travelled everywhere for work. As a graduate from the electronics faculty, he likes exploring the structure of cameras and equipment related to filming. He decided to borrow the money to buy a camera and searched every corner of Da Nang to learn about photography. He also spent days rambling around the traditional festivals of Central Highlanders, where he produced many unique photo collections.