Vietnam looks to promote travel from India

INDIA (eTN) – Vietnam, one of the few unspoiled, up and coming countries in the world, is keen to promote travel from India, with which it has had long cultural ties.

As part of this goal, a roadshow was held in Delhi on April 20 to increase awareness about the destination, where the Ambassador, Ton SinhThanh, led a team of officials, agents, and operators to highlight the new and old attractions of the country.

A similar roadshow will be held in Bhubaneshwar in Odisha on April 21 as trade between the region in eastern India and Vietnam is increasing. Sanjay Sondhi of OM Tourism, which looks after Vietnam tourism in India, told eTN that travel from India grew 32 percent last year, reaching a figure of 65,000, and this trend will continue in 2016.

Three DMCs, one hotel, and one airline are taking part in the event where, among other things, Vietnam is being promoted as a family and MICE destination. Senior tourism officials said that India was seen as a good potential market.

Indian agents said that Vietnam was getting popular, as other places in the region had already been explored.

A direct airlink is expected soon, which will help accessibility. Vietnam also enjoys a cost advantage.

ICS Travel group, Victoria Tours, Melia Hotels, and Vietnam Airlines were among those who gave presentations at the roadshow.