Le Thi Hong Minh, the chairwoman of the Khanh Hoa Culinary Culture Association, announced on Tuesday that the association organized a culinary exchange program to showcase the exquisite delicacies of Nha Trang City to the participants.

Representatives from Indonesia’s leading travel firms recently embarked on a familiarization trip, visiting various hotels, restaurants, and popular tourist attractions in the city. Throughout their stay from Sunday to Tuesday, they had the opportunity to explore iconic landmarks such as the Ba Ponagar Tower cluster, Hon Chong (Husband Islet), and the Truong Son Craft Village.

Kevin from Indonesia’s Avia Tour Company believes that Vietnam should enhance its cultural and spiritual tourism, given the presence of a diverse range of stunning towers and temples in the country.

Island tours in Nha Trang City should be centered around entertainment and relaxation tourism offerings, much like Bali Island.

According to statistics, a significant majority, comprising over 87 percent, of the population in Indonesia adheres to the Islamic faith. In light of this, it is recommended that seafood and vegetarian diets are well-suited to cater to the dietary preferences of Indonesians.

Kevin also mentioned that his company specializes in providing exceptional tours from Indonesia to popular destinations in Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang City. Furthermore, following the successful completion of these tours, the company will soon be offering exciting tours to the breathtaking city of Nha Trang.

Members of the Indonesian group pose for a photo at Ba Ponagar Tower in Nha Trang City. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

Members of the Indonesian group pose for a photo at Ba Ponagar Tower in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: Thuc Nghi / Tuoi Tre

According to a spokesperson from Viking Travel, Indonesian tourists often allocate a significant amount of their budget to shopping while on their tours. Additionally, Muslim travelers specifically seek out restaurants and hotels that adhere to Halal standards.

Halal refers to food products and services that comply with the principles of Islamic law.

“The Khanh Hoa Province offers a range of conveniences for Indonesian travelers, including easy visa requirements and a short air route between the two nations. In addition, enhancing tourism promotional programs would be beneficial to promote the province’s cuisine, culture, and tourist sites among Indonesian travelers and international holidaymakers,” stated the representative.

According to Hong Minh, a representative from the Khanh Hoa Culinary Culture Association, prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there used to be a continuous air service connecting Indonesia and Khanh Hoa Province. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, no air routes are currently in operation, resulting in a significant decline in the number of Indonesian tourists visiting the province.

We hope that Nha Trang City will attract a larger number of Indonesian tourists following this trip,” stated Minh.

According to statistics released by the Vietnam National Authority of Tourism, the number of tourists from Indonesia visiting Vietnam between January and July reached over 53,200. However, despite this figure, it is still relatively low considering Indonesia’s large population of 280 million people.

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