“Green tourism” is becoming a buzz-phrase in numerous cities and among many travel companies in Vietnam, reports VietnamNet Bridge, however there is a deficit of product development and marketing know-how in the country.
Experts have noted that Vietnam holds great potential for green tourism, particularly due to the country’s variety of natural ecosystems including coral, wetland, coastal sandy areas and tropical forests. National parks, such as Cat Ba, Cuc Phuong, Ba Be, Nam Cat Tien, Tam Nong and U Minh, along with mountainous areas such as Fanxipang peak, are “highly suitable for green tourism models”.
However, for many countries in the world, including Vietnam, green tourism is new; research and planning for the development of green tourism is limited. In Vietnam, several localities and travel businesses have tried to establish green tourism products, however they “have not lived up to expectations”. In addition “markets have not been clearly identified, so attracting visitors has proven difficult”.
In recent times the Vietnamese National Administration of Tourism has coordinated with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to hold an international conference on building a strategic framework for the development of Vietnamese tourism, including ecotourism.
Record Arrivals in February
Tourists from around the world continued to “flood” into Vietnam in February, when the country saw a record 1.2 million foreign arrivals, reported VN Express International.
The figure represents a 42.2% leap from last February and a 20% increase from the previous month, Saigon Times Online reported, citing data from the Department of Tourism.
During the first two months of 2017, the country received 2.2 million foreign visitors, up 33% from the same period last year. Some big hotels in Ho Chi Minh City reported occupancy rates of over 80% during the second month of the year. Saigontourist reported impressive foreign cruise ship arrivals: 46,900 foreign tourists and 28,600 crew members during January and February.
Many local travel agencies, such as Saigontourist, ICS Travel Group and Lien Bang Travelink, reported excellent outbound tourism figures in the month of February as well.