The expo’s opening, set to occur from Thursday to Saturday, convened high-ranking officials from the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism, the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Additionally, it welcomed 3,500 delegates from 45 provinces and cities within Vietnam, along with participants from 42 countries and regions worldwide.

During the opening ceremony of the travel trade fair, Phan Van Mai, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, highlighted the remarkable recovery of the local tourism industry following the pandemic.

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai delivers a speech at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai delivers a speech at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

In the first eight months of 2023, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed nearly 25 million tourists, accounting for 63 percent of the pre-pandemic figure in 2019. The city generated over VND100 trillion (US$4.1 billion) in tourism revenue, with approximately three million of these visitors being from international destinations.

Vietnam has recorded a significant number of tourist arrivals, with over 87 million visitors during the January-August period. This figure is equivalent to 70 percent of the total tourist arrivals in 2019. It is worth noting that the total revenue generated from tourism has surpassed VND482 trillion ($20 billion).

In 2019, the Southeast Asian nation recorded a significant increase in its international visitor arrivals, welcoming a total of 7.8 million tourists. This figure represents a remarkable 5.4-fold growth compared to the previous year.

According to the municipal chairman, the notable achievements were in large part due to the collaborative efforts in international tourism between various countries and territories, as well as the successful iterations of ITE HCMC. These events have significantly contributed to the increase in foreign visitors to the country.

The ITE HCMC 2023 will host various forums and seminars, which include the ‘High-level Tourism Forum: Digital Transformation in Tourism Development,’ a seminar focusing on tourism and hospitality, the fourth ASEAN public relations and communications conference, and other notable events.

Former and incumbent Vietnamese state officials visit booths run by international exhibitors at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Former and incumbent Vietnamese officials visit booths run by international exhibitors at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Delegates gather at a booth at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Delegates gather at a booth at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The ITE HCMC 2023 gathers over 400 exhibitors and international tourism promotion agencies. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The ITE HCMC 2023 gathers over 400 exhibitors and international tourism promotion agencies. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

International visitors are seen at a booth at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

International visitors are seen at a booth at the 17th International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City, September 7, 2023. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

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