UNWTO Secretary Taleb Rifai visited Vietnam
posted | Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012
Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan received visiting secretary general, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Taleb Rifai in Hanoi on April 20.
The Vietnamese Vice President expressed her wish that the UNWTO
will give more help to Vietnam in building the country’s trademarks as well as training human resources for the tourism sector, and, especially, developing tourism while ensuring social welfare and protecting the environment.
The same day, UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai had talks with Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh and met with the media as part of his working session with the tourism sector.
Taleb Rifai expressed his wish that the UNWTO and Vietnam
will further boost their cooperation.
Taleb Rifai said he had discussed with the Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) the prospects of carrying out some technical assistance projects to help Vietnam.
VNAT asked UNWTO to send experts to help Vietnam in amending the Tourism Law and legal regulations relating to tourism, as well as making plans to develop regional tourist and tourist products.
The Vietnamese side also asked UNWTO to assist in developing a strategy to build and promote tourism brand names.
Rifai asked Vietnam to participate in the Global Leaders for Tourism Campaign to raise awareness and ensure the support from the world tourism leaders.
According to VNAT, Vietnam welcomed over 1.87 million foreign arrivals in the first three months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 24.5 per cent.
Vietnam has built a strategy to develop tourism for each period, which targets to receive between 10-10.5 million foreign visitors and 47-48 million domestic tourists by 2020, as well as generate tourism revenues of $18-19 billion.