The Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) is touring Australia this week, meeting with travel agents and media to promote the country’s “Timeless Charm”, but the most exciting news for Aussie travellers is the new Vietnam Visa Exemption program for Phu Quoc Island.
A delegation of 20 hotel, resort and tour operators met and presented to 200 travel agents in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, this week, with each of the three events featuring traditional Vietnamese folk performances, as well as the opportunity to attend a mega Famtrip to Vietnam in October this year.
Australians are among the top 10 nationalities to visit Vietnam, with 320,000 Australians visiting the destination in 2016. It is expected that 370,000 will visit in 2017 and VNAT’s goal for 2020 is 500,000.
VNAT’s marketing plans are focused on five key tourism categories, and four key regions.
The holiday categories include, Beach Holidays, Cultural Tourism, Vietnamese Cuisine, Nature and Eco Tourism and City Breaks, with regional focus on Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island.
Phu Quoc Island is an interesting addition to Vietnam’s tourism offering. A luxury destination, perfect for honeymooners, the island has an international airport, accessible directly from Singapore (and soon Kuala Lumpur via Air Asia), and a visa exemption program.
The visa exemption program on Phu Quoc Island is probably the largest incentive for travel agents to book this Vietnamese holiday destination, enabling visitors to bypass the tiresome visa application program normally required to visit the country.
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