The Hanoitimes - The Head of Vietnam National Tourism Administration, Nguyen Van Tuan, confirmed the priority status of sea and island tourism at a seminar on the sea and island development scheme by 2020, with the view to 2030, by the Tourism Development Research Institute, in Hanoi on June 16.
Under the scheme, during the 2011-2020 period, Vietnam will continue to invest in five sea tourism areas with high competitive capacity in the region, including the Ha Long-Cat Ba area, Lang Co-Son Tra-Hoi An, Nha Trang-Cam Ranh, Phan Thiet-Mui Ne and Phu Quoc areas.
The scheme for the 2010-2030 period addressed tourism development in both domestic and foreign markets. Under the scheme, the local tourism sector targets foreign arrivals to Vietnam by 2020 of 10.3 million and domestic arrivals of 47.5 million, bringing a turnover of USD 19 billion.
By 2030, the number of foreign arrivals is forecast at 18 million while the number of domestic arrivals will be 58 million, bringing a turnover of more than USD 36 billion.
The local tourism sector will prioritise the development of the northeastern Asian and ASEAN markets, keep stability in eastern, northern and western European markets, and expand to the Middle East and Indian markets.