Ho Chi Minh City remains Vietnam Top Destination for International Visitors

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While Vietnam welcomed in 2018 over 15.5 million visitors, Ho
Chi Minh City stands as the most visited destination in the
country. Last year, the former Saigon received 7.5 million
international tourists and 29 million domestic tourists. “This
represents a respective increase of 17.38% and 16% over 2017,”
tells The Truong Hien Hoa, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism
Promotion Center.

The central role played by HCMC in Vietnam is due first to the
excellent air connections linking the metropolis to the rest of the
world. Than Son Nhat Airport, which is Vietnam’s busiest air
gateway with 38 million passengers in 2018, is linked to over 20
domestic destinations as well as 50 international destinations.

The city wants to be the gateway to tourism and is positioned as
a “Safe – Attractive – Friendly” Destination.

It is also developing a range of new products to facilitate both
visitors and travel professionals to promote better the Southern
Vietnam metropolis.  Last year a QR code application has been put
in front of HCMC most iconic monuments, providing information in
both Vietnamese and English about the history and the use of each
marked sightseeing.

As the city is celebrating this year the 325th anniversary of
its creation, eight new circuits are being created following
thematics such as tours over the old French city or over the
Vietnam war. “We are going, for example, to regularly open the
old Saigon City Hall to visitors. The hall has been rarely opened
to visitors despite its historical value and beautiful
interiors,” explained Le Truong Hien Hoa. Other tours explore
gastronomy with visits to local markets, ecotourism at Vam Sat or
the Vietnam War with the War Museum, the Cu Chi tunnels and the
Rung Sac military base. Tours are priced between VND 400,000 and
VND 2,1 million (USD 17 to USD 90).

Another important tourism field that the Ho Chi Minh City
Tourism Promotion Center wants to focus on is medical tourism. The
metropolis attracts every year half of the 80,000 international
travellers seeking medical treatment. “The cost of care in Ho Chi
Minh City represents 40% of the costs that are charged in other
countries in the region,” adds the director of the tourist
office.

A good opportunity for the tourism trade to learn more about
HCMC tourism products is to participate at the International Travel
Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC 2019). The 15th edition of ITE HCMC
2019 will take place from September 5 to 7, 2019 at Saigon
Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC).

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Ho Chi Minh City remains Vietnam Top Destination for International Visitors