After the announcement of a direct flight between Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City on VietJet Air starting July, Vietnam Tourism is looking at big arrival numbers from India.
Vietnam Travel Mission with the theme ‘Vietnam – Amazing destination for Indian tourists’, organised by Embassy of the S.R. of Vietnam in association with VietJet Air, DMCs from Vietnam and Om Tourism, saw in presence representatives of the travel trade from India. At the event, H.E. Ton Sinh Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam in India, said that India and Vietnam are celebrating 45 years of establishment of diplomatic ties this year. He mentioned that Vietnam is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wellpreserved historic relics and beautiful beaches and has great potential for Indians.
“Indian travellers can find the essence of Indian culture in Vietnam through Hindu temples in Ho Chi Minh City, My Son sanctuary or even at the numerous Indian restaurants. Approximately 66,000 Indian tourists visited Vietnam in 2015, while recording an average of 32 per cent growth annually from 2010-2015, but this still remains a small number compared to the number of Indian tourists who travel overseas every year.” He credited that this number could boost with direct air connectivity. “VietJet Air is planning a codeshare direct flight between Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City scheduled in July 2017 which will definitely add more traffic from India to Vietnam,” he revealed.
Asking tour operators and travel agents to promote Vietnam as a tourist destination, he said that Vietnam Tourism would organise several activities such as roadshows, participation in fairs and exhibitions for them. “Fam trips will be organised during this year to showcase Vietnam as a safe, friendly and attractive destination,” he said. Nguyen Bac Toan, Deputy Commercial Manager, VietJet Air, also gave a presentation at the event and informed about the direct flight between Delhi and Ho Chi Minh city. There were also presentations by various DMCs and partners from Vietnam at the roadshow