The 2019 National Tourism Year themed “Colour of the Sea” has ended with flying colours, as seen in the record number of international visitors and various prizes won by the country’s tourism sector.
At the closing ceremony of the 2019 National Tourism Year
The 2019 National Tourism Year officially
concluded with a grand ceremony on December 28 in the south central province of
Khanh Hoa, which was the host of the year.
Head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
Nguyen Trung Khanh said at the event that the year saw 18 million foreign
arrivals, up 16 percent from the previous year, and 85 million domestic
travellers, up 6.25. The tourism sector earned total revenues of 720 trillion
VND (31 billion USD).
At the 26th World Travel Awards (WTA), Vietnam was honoured
as the “World’s Leading Heritage Destination 2019”. The country was
chosen as Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination at the WTA awards for Asia and
Oceania last October and also received the World’s Best Golf Destination 2019
award at the international World Golf Awards held in the UAE the same month.
As host of the 2019 National Tourism Year, Khanh Hoa has
held nearly 60 events throughout the year, including the ninth Nha Trang –
Khanh Hoa Sea Festival, the 2019 Miss Universe Vietnam finals, and the
Challenge Vietnam 2019. Besides, 35 related events were held in other cities
and provinces across the country.
Khanh Hoa’s efforts have paid off with a 27.5 percent
increase in the number of international arrivals to 3.6 million and a 24
percent rise in tourism revenue to more than 27 trillion VND.
At the ceremony, Khanh Hoa handed over the hosting role of
the National Tourism Year to the northern province of Ninh Binh, which will
chair the 2020 National Tourism Year under the theme of “Hoa Lu –
thousand-year-old ancient capital”./.