The event saw the attendance of Vu Duc Dam, member of the Party Central Committee (PCC), Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the State Steering Committee on Tourism; Nguyen Ngoc Thien, PCC member and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Ngo Van Quy, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee; and Bruno Angelet, EU Ambassador, among others.
The VITM – Hanoi 2019 features more than 500 stands of 710 travel agencies from 47 provinces and cities nationwide and 25 countries and territories worldwide. It is the opportunity for countries, localities and enterprises to seek ways to boost their cooperation. Notably, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Peru will join the event for the first time.
This year’s fair is expected to attract over 85,000 attendees.
Under the theme “Green Tourism, the VITM – Hanoi 2019 will encourage enterprises to take part in environmental protection, biodiversity protection and climate change adaption with various practical activities in an effort to guarantee the sustainable development of Vietnam tourism.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said that Vietnam welcomed over 15.5 million internal tourists; Total revenue from tourism reached VND620 trillion (roughly USD2.8 million) last year.
In 2019, the country strives to welcome more than 18 million foreigners, he said, noting that to fulfill the target, the tourism sector needs to continue renewing and taking advantages of the fourth industrial revolution.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy visits a stand.
Addressing the event, EU Ambassador Bruno Angelet appreciated this year’s four-day fair themed Green tourism.
“We are helping Vietnam promote the images of the best destination”, he said.
The diplomat also stressed the need for Vietnam to pay more attention to tourism development to ensure the sustainable long-term economic development.
Some images at the opening ceremony:
A music performance at the opening ceremony.
Various people attend the fair.
A art performance at the fair.