Vietnam Economy Needs Tourism
Tourism plays an important role in Vietnam. In 2012, Vietnam received over 6.8 million international travelers, up from 2.1 million in the year 2000. And the numbers keeps increasing steadily every year. In 2017, the Vietnamese tourism sector served around 13 million foreign visitors and more than 73,000 domestic travelers. The tourism earns more than US$22 billion.
Vietnam has gained the popularity among backpackers, culture and nature lovers, beach-lovers, military soldiers and veterans.This Southeast Asian country is undoubtedly the famous tourist destination.Both domestic and international tour operators arrange tours to ethnic minority communities, trekking, hiking, walking and bicycle tours, photography tours, kayak tours and multi-country trips in particular with neighboring counties of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Foreign tourists have been able to travel freely in the country since 1997.
The ecotourism in Vietnam becomes popular as well because of the incredible natural resources. Ecotourism opportunities includes all kinds of water sports such as boating, rafting, diving, while the natural sightseeing activities are also quite rich, travelers can do mountain climbing, bird-watching and take part in all kinds of cultural tourism.
However, the fast tourism growth brings great challenges to the fragile ecotourism system in Vietnam.Both travelers and local tour operators should work together to protect the ecotourism system.
Responsible Tourism Helps Vietnam Grow in Sustainable Way
- Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- Deliver memorable interpretative experiences to visitors that help raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climates.
- Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities.
- Generate financial benefits for both local people and private industry.
- Minimize physical, social, behavioral, and psychological impacts.
- Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
- Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
- Recognize the rights and spiritual beliefs of the Indigenous People in your community and work in partnership with them to create empowerment.