Organized by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, VINEXAD Trade Fair & Advertising JSC, and Informa Exhibitions in Singapore, ITE HCMC is the only travel event endorsed by the Tourism Alliance of five countries in the Mekong Sub-region (GMS).
Furthermore, the annual International Travel Exposition 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC 2018) is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR; the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, Myanmar; and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand. It is also endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism, Vietnam; and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.
Actually, ITE HCMC 2018 is promoting the campaign “Five Countries-One Destination” and with the exciting travel destination of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam becomes the foreground destination of the GMS.
The European markets also recorded a positive growth such as Italy (+18.3%), Denmark (+18.1%), Sweden (+16.4%), France (+13.1%), and Russia (+9.2%). The number of tourists from Africa rose by 20.9%. Meanwhile those from American and Oceania markets went up 13.8% and 12.1%, respectively.
So the question is what Viet Nam has to offer to allure such a growing surge of international tourist arrivals?
First of all, Viet Nam is a beautiful country with its rich cultural traditions, exciting activities, as well as a flavorful cuisine. From south to north, Viet Nam offers the huge Mekong Delta Region with its many scenic waterway landscapes and Phu Quoc Island as the gem of beach tourism, then comes the gateway city of Ho Chi Minh City, from where to explore its five nearby provinces including Vung Tau with its natural beaches and mountains. Then follow the scenic Tay Nguyen Central Highlands, bordering Cambodia and Laos, as well as featuring ethnic communities with their unique gong culture. The mid southern coastal region with Da Nang City as its economic hub offer exotic places such as the old port city of Hoi An, the My Son Cham temple sanctuary and the world re-known Nha Trang beach city.
North of the Hai Van mountain pass, there is the Imperial City of Hue and the scenic mid northern region with historical monuments and caves of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. More popular tourist destinations are in the Red River Delta Area and the Northeastern Coastal Region with Ha Long Bay as outstanding natural heritage site, followed by the Northern Midland and Mountainous Region north and west of Ha Noi and close to the borders with China, featuring the resort town of Sapa and the historical village of Dien Bien Phu among others. But it is Ha Noi as sprawling capital city of Viet Nam not to be missed as the center of political and cultural institutions and a hub to the whole country with its now 7 million inhabitants and short of 1 million to overtake Ho Chi Minh City one day.