If Vietnam isn’t on your radar, it should be. Last year The United Nations World Tourism Organisation ranked the country as the sixth fastest-growing tourist destination in the world as more and more people fall in love with the beautifully diverse nation.

Last night Sydney Travel Agents caught up on all the latest tourism news out of Vietnam as the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism wrapped up their five-city roadshow at The Pullman Hotel Hyde Park.

Vietnam Airlines along with a selection of hotels and DMCs shared their knowledge at the show, while Agents were also treated to prizes and performances.

When it comes to Vietnam’s tourism appeal the statistics speak for themselves.

Last year, Vietnam received nearly 13 million international tourists, a skyrocketing increase of 30% from the year before.

In the first 6 months of this year, Vietnam welcomed more than 7.9 million international visitors, an impressive 27.2% more than the same period last year.

Of these travellers, more than 220,000 visited from Australia and New Zealand.

Indochina Travel Services Australian Representative Kerry Newsome who addressed the crowd last night attributed the exponential growth in tourism in part to the government of Vietnam launching a 30-day electronic visa for citizens from 46 countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s so simple. You can do it all online now. It used to be so old-fashioned,” she said.

“We believe this simplified process alone will attract more travellers.”

Indochina Travel Services Australian Representative Kerry Newsome

Kerry said Vietnam was poised for an impressive year of travel for the remainder of 2018.

Trafalgar_Vietnamese Junk Boat Ha Long Bay KarryOn

Image: Trafalgar

“Ha Long Bay is set to host the ASEAN Tourism Forum, and will be the site of the Travel Exchange Fair in January 2019,” she said.

Visit Vietnam Year 2018 will continue to focus on Ha Long Bay and Quang Ninh Province with promises to bring travellers many more enriching experiences and timeless adventures.

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