At an awards ceremony in Hanoi on May 28, MoCST Minister Hoang Tuan Anh urged the two companies to expand their operation and bring Russian visitors to more of Viet Nam’s famous tourist destinations, such as Quang Ninh, Danang, Quang Binh, Lao Cai and the Mekong Delta region.
Russia is one of Viet Nam’s key tourism markets. The number of Russian visitors to Viet Nam has increased sharply in recent years, from nearly 50,000 in 2009 to approximately 300,000 in 2013. The annual growth previously reached 57%, but surpassed 70% in 2013.
The impressive results are partly attributed to Pegas Touristik and Anh Duong companies. Russian visitors spend the most (around US$2,500-4,000) and stay the longest in Viet Nam compared with other nationalities (around 4-7 days).