With a population of more than 1.3 billion, India has about 200-300 million people in the middle class, Tran Minh Duc, chairman of the Khanh Hoa Travel Association, said, adding that these people have high demand for premium resorts and entertainment services.
However, this market is also hard to please due to issues related to culture and religion as India is a multi-religious country, Duc elaborated.
In order to provide the best experience for Indian tourists, Khanh Hoa Province needs to equip the local human resources with knowledge about the culture and people of India.
When it comes to food, Indian people who are Hindus do not eat beef, while those who are Muslims do not eat pork, Duc explained.
|Tourist boats in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre|
The first thing to do right now is to open direct flights between Khanh Hoa and India, he continued, adding that travel agencies in both sides need to cooperate to offer specific tourism products.
The south-central Vietnamese province has a lot of beautiful beaches and islands, as well as favorable weather year-round, which satisfy the needs of Indian vacationers.
It offers a variety of tourism products, namely snorkeling, kayaking, beachfront resorts, yacht tours, and submarine tours.
For those interested in cultural and spiritual tourism, the province is home to various temples and pagodas, including the Po Nagar Cham Towers, Tu Van Pagoda, and Long Son Pagoda.
|A couple enjoys a private dinner on the beach at a resort in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Han / Tuoi Tre|
Visitors can also learn more about the local people by taking a tour to several traditional craft villages.
More focus should be directed on the promotion of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) tourism, as well as golfing and wedding tourism, Duc said.
Multiple resorts in Khanh Hoa have designed products suitable for Indian guests, he continued, adding that Alma Resort Cam Ranh is launching a special package which includes a luxurious wedding ceremony, a night in a suite or oceanfront pool villa, a spa treatment for two, and a private dinner on the beach.
India ranks second in terms of international guests at Alma Resort Cam Ranh, Vu Thi Huong Giang, the venue manager, stated, elaborating that these tourists often stay for four to five days and love spending time at the pool and spa.
|A wedding ceremony is organized at a resort in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Han / Tuoi Tre|
A representative from The Anam Resort said the facility offers buffets and BBQ parties that allow Indian guests to choose dishes according to their preferences and culture.
Visitors can also join Yoga classes or spend time at the resort’s fruit garden and chicken farm.
The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to coordinate with the authorities in Ho Chi Minh City and Khanh Hoa Province in organizing the Namaste Vietnam Festival.
Running from August 12 to 21 in both localities, the fest will include an Indian film festival, business forum, food festival, and exhibitions.
About 20 famous Indian artists and movie stars will arrive in Nha Trang City within the framework of the event.
About 50 businesses representing travel firms and airlines in India will also come to make a survey of Khanh Hoa’s tourism products, as well as to promote to the opening of direct flights between Khanh Hoa and India.