HCMC Consults Foreign Entrepreneurs on Tourism Development

About 90% of opinions suggested the City should draw a plan promptly to develop the infrastructure for MICE (meeting, incentive holiday, convention and exhibition) tourism the international Exhibition Center, large-scale hotel and restaurant systems; to simplify visa procedures and open more professional services to develop MICE.

Delegates exchange ideas at the conference

They were opinions of foreign tourism investors at the first conference reviewing the development of tourism in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) which was held on August 2, with the participation of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the People’s Committee and the Tourism Department of Ho Chi Minh City and foreign tourism investors and businesspeople. 

The conference was exciting with ideas about such issues as: What are the City’s specific tourism products? and How to promote the City’s tourism efficiently?
Lots of them suggested the City need to have a detailed planning to reduce sleazy houses along rivers and channels, have policies on investment incentives in river tourism services, and better scenery with tourism products of international standards such as tourism and restaurant boats as well as riverside cafeterias.
Their most concerned field was the coordination in information and expenses to hold big tourism events to promote the City’s tourism, and the better information between managing organization and foreign investors.
The most pressing issue at the conference was the issuance of visa at the border gate for free tourists.
Many opinions also focused on prolongation of opening time at night entertainment places or opening night entrainment places to serve international visitors.
Closing the conference, Vice Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tin sent a message to foreign businesspeople: HCMC promises to create all advantageous conditions to support businesspeople.
The City will suggest the Government solve problems about visa and customs procedures.
The City’s tourism must develop quickly and firmly in the next 5-10 years. It targets not only at its economic growth but also at environment, ecology and culture.

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By Staff Writers – Translated by Yen Chuong

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