According to the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in Ho Chi Minh City, in the month of July alone 226,000 foreign tourists visited the City, a year-on-year increase of 10 percent and with turnover that touched VND3,754 billion (US$178 million).
In the first seven months around 2,040,000 foreign tourists arrived in the City, meeting 53 percent of the total annual target. Turnover for the first seven months reached VND37,754 billion, accounting for 56 percent of the entire year target.
Organizers of the 8th International Travel Expo-Ho Chi Minh City (ITE-HCMC) are preparing activities to receive travel organizations and enterprises from Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, India, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Malaysia, together with local tourism promotional units and businesses in fields including airlines, resorts, hotels and restaurants, to promote Vietnamese tourism.
The 8th International Travel Expo-Ho Chi Minh City will be held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center from September 13-15.
The event will focus on the quality of international tourism. The organizers have coordinated with international partners and airlines to invite more than 100 foreign buyers from southern Europe, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, China, northern Europe, the US and India to take part in the event.
The travel expo will include a series of activities as well as a discussion on exploiting the Greater Mekong Sub-Region Economic Cooperation Program and a conference on tourism attended by mayors of Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Viengchan (Laos), Yangon (Myanmar), Bangkok (Thailand), Kunming in Yunnan (China), Jeju and Busan (South Korea).
Established in 2005, the International Travel Expo-Ho Chi Minh City is an annual travel exhibition. The event is a chance for local and international travel enterprises and organizations to exchange and enhance business cooperation. (By Yen Lam – Translated by Kim Khanh)