Vietnam Boosts Tourism Collaboration with UK and India

There have been numerous recent cooperation agreements signed between Lam Dong and Quang Binh, with India and the UK. These agreements have brought forth various opportunities for the development of their tourism industries.

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The Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park Management Board has recently conducted a working session and signed a memorandum of cooperation with Yorkshire Dales National Park (UK) to collaborate on biodiversity research and cave exploration tourism.

The two national parks will work together and share their experiences in land management, biodiversity conservation, as well as tourism management, development, and services.

The central province of Quang Binh aims to attract 4.5-5 million visitors in 2024 and generate over USD 220 million in tourism revenue.

In 2024, the province plans to focus on investing in tourism infrastructure and developing new tourism products, such as eco-tourism, cultural and historical tourism, and community tourism, to meet the demands of travelers.

Signing between Lam Dong tourism businesses and All Ladakh Travel Trade Alliance (ALTTA). Photo source: Samten Hills Dalat

The Indian Consulate in collaboration with the Lam Dong provincial government organized a cultural and tourism promotion exchange program between tour operator associations of Ladakh and Samten Hills in Da Lat city.

For the first time, a delegation of thirty members, including senior officials, tour operators, and cultural groups from Ladakh, visited Da Lat and Samten Hills. Positive discussions were held regarding the promotion of Ladakh and Samten Hills by tour operators from both sides.

Both sides also entered into multiple agreements. In the evening, in front of an audience of 500, the cultural troupe from Ladakh performed classical and modern cultural performances.

Tashi Gyalson, Chief Executive Councilor of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, stated that India and Vietnam are strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, including enhancing trade, cultural exchange, economic cooperation, and human connections.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism emphasized that the cultural and tourism exchange program with the group of artists and businessmen from Ladakh has led to new advancements in cooperation and development in the tourism sector. It aims to understand the market and attract investment in tourism services, thus contributing to the safety, high quality, and sustainability of tourism in Da Lat and Lam Dong province in the future.

According to the Lam Dong People’s Committee, the province welcomed 8.65 million tourists in 2023, including 400,000 international visitors, marking a 167% increase compared to the previous year. Particularly, the number of foreign visitors to Da Lat city has significantly risen, with Korean visitors accounting for 80%.

Hannah Nguyen