The event was co-organised by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VAT) and the Vietnamese embassy in Russia.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh highlighted the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Vietnam and Russia in all fields, especially in the field of tourism. Mr. Anh emphasised that Russia has always taken the lead in the number of tourists to Vietnam in recent years, especially last year, when 82,000 Russians visited the country. The Government of Vietnam has always created favourable conditions to develop the industry and signed tourism related agreements with Russia, which have laid a firm legal foundation for travel companies’ activities.
Mr. Anh expressed his belief that the ceremony will offer an opportunity for both Russian and Vietnamese companies to learn more about tourism products and to generally strengthen tourism activities across all markets for both nations.
Deputy Head of the Russian National Tourist Office, Grigori Xarisvili said that apart from advantages in developing tourism, Vietnam is also member of international organisations such as UNWTO, ASEAN, and APEC. Therefore, in the coming time, Vietnam is likely to become one of the most visited nations in South East Asia.
He emphasised that Vietnam is a beautiful nation with friendly and hospitable people which has made remarkable changes in economic development, tourism and infrastructure. He added that the event will be a perfect opportunity for all Russian travel agents and visitors to come to Vietnam. He expressed his belief that with the robust development of Vietnam’s economy, there will be more and more Vietnamese tourists visiting Russia in the future.
At the ceremony, Russian friends also watched a documentary film to introduce Vietnam’s beautiful landscapes and learn about its tourism policies. In addition, they will hear solutions in tourism activities in Vietnam and enjoy the country’s traditional dishes and a music performance imbued with national identity.