On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the
Vietnam-China Diplomatic Relationship Foundation Day and Vietnam-China
Friendship Year 2010, The Chinese National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and
Embassy of China in Vietnam in coordination with the Ministry of Culture,
Sports, and Tourism, Vietnam on August the 9th, 2010 held a meeting to launch
programs: "Vietnam-China Friendship Year, Cooperating for Tourism Development",
and "China Tourism Night".
Vietnamese senior participants contain H.E. Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Culture,
Sports and Tourism (MOCST), Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, Director General of the Vietnam
National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Mr. Nguyen Manh Cuong, Deputy
Director General of VNAT, some representatives from administrative divisions of
MOCST, VNAT and some authorized departments. Chinese participants are Mr. Sun
Guoxiang, Ambassador of China in Vietnam, Mr. Director General of CNTA, leaders
from Departments of Tourism of Guangdong, Yunnan, Choang Ethnic group's
self-governing region (Guangxi), and many other Vietnamese and Chinese travel
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Zhang Xilong - Deputy Director General of
Department of International Cooperation (CNTA) claimed that the program is a
good chance for Vietnamese travel companies to be updated all the activities and
tourism potentialities in China. Delegates from China's Departments of Tourism
also introduced uniqueness features on tourism in their regions.
Director General of CNTA expressed his wishes to boost the two countries'
tourism cooperation to attract more visitors in the coming time. He highly spoke
about Vienam on the occasion Thang Long Royal Citadel was recognized as a World
Heritage site by the UNESSCO.
H.E. Hoang Tuan Anh informed the Director General of CNTA optimistic results of
the meeting. The two countries finally signed a Tourism Cooperation Agreement
for the 2010-2013 time periods. The Minister reckoned China has always been
Vietnam's aiming tourism market. In the first 7 months of 2010, Vietnam welcomed
more than 500.000 Chinese tourist arrivals, increased 95% in comparison with the
same period last year. In 2010, Vietnam tends to attract about 1 million Chinese
visitors, and the total number of the two countries' visitors may be 3 million
in the term 2011-2012.
Ambassador Sun Guoxiang showed his gratefulness to the Vietnamese Minister and
other authorized officials for the hospitable welcoming preparation. According
to the Ambassador, tightening tourism cooperation between the two countries not
only can meet the increasing cultural and material demand but also promote the
two countries' mutual understanding and friendship. Mr. Sun appreciated the
tourism cooperation and cultural exchange, he said Tourism Cooperation Agreement
has a significant meaning. The Ambassador believed the Agreement would make the
advantageous conditions for both Chinese and Vietnamese travelers, boost mutual
understanding, cooperation and friendship.