Acting responsibly and sustainably is an important role that the tourism sector can play in the economy, society, and the environment, Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, head of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), told a conference in Hà Nội earlier this month.
“Developing tourism means creating jobs for society and reducing poverty in tourism spots,” he said. “Responsible and sustainable tourism has been considered a basic development orientation of the Vietnamese tourism sector over past years.”
The conference reported on the results of the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme (ESRT) after six-years of implementation, and to discuss how to build on the program’s achievements.
ESRT is the largest tourism-related technical support program in Việt Nam. It is funded by the European Union (EU) and aims bring responsible tourism principles into the mainstream of Việt Nam’s tourism sector.
According to Tuấn, Vietnamese tourism is approaching a period of acceleration and breakthroughs. In the first nine months of this year, Việt Nam welcomed more than 7.26 million foreign tourists, an increase of 25.7 per cent over the same period last year.