Vietnam Tourism Boom Hindered by Lack of Workers, Guides

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Low quality hospitality training in Vietnam is restricting the strong growth of the country’s tourism sector, and the problem of labor shortages may get worse in the coming years, industry insiders have warned.

Figures released at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday showed that the country has 346 hospitality training facilities for the sector, but somehow the number of skilled workers remains low.

Vu The Binh, vice chairman of Vietnam Tourism Association, said tourist arrivals have been increasing steadily in recent years, which requires the workforce, particularly well-trained professionals, to grow by around 20 percent a year.

According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, Vietnam had 2.25 million people working in the tourism sector by the end of 2015, including 750,000 directly serving tourists.

Full story at VN Express International.

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