The granting of 30-day single-entry electronic visas to visitors from 40 countries from February 1 is expected to be a breakthrough in attracting foreign tourists to Vietnam, according to the Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyen Van Tuan.
Providing e-visas is a good move, but not enough to help Vietnam’s tourism compete with other countries in the region, said Vice President of the Vietnam Tourism Association, Vu The Binh.
Meanwhile, the tourism sector of Ho Chi Minh City will develop traditional culinary culture into a special tourism product with a view to luring more tourists in 2017.
Historian Han Nguyen Nguyen Nha said cuisine is an important factor to lure visitors and Vietnam has potential to become the kitchen of the world with a myriad of delicious dishes.
Associate Professor, Dr Phan Thi Thu Hien from the University of Society and Humanity HCM City pointed out limitations in developing food-based tourism, particularly food safety.