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Vietnam to host ATF

Vietnam to host ATF Vietnam will be the host of next year`s Asean Tourism Forum and the event will take place in Ha Long, north of the capital Hanoi. With close to 13 million international arrivals in 2017, Vietnam established a new tourism record last year and was the fastest growing tourism destination in ASEA. Dr Ha Van Sieu, vice chairman of Vietnam Nation Tourism Ministry: “Tourism authorities in Vietnam had good reason to celebrate at the end of last year. 2017 will certainly remain in memory as an exceptional year in terms of tourism performance. In just one year, arrivals jumped by 29.1%, missing by a fraction the 13-million travellers mark”. The country recorded 12,922,121 international travellers, a performance that can be attributed to simplified entrance conditions for all travellers thanks to e-visa (40 countries can benefit of it), the abolition of visas for a few other countries in Europe (including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) and the multiplication of air links. Growth by air was indeed strong, jumping by 32.1%. This is largely due to the increased frequency of flights to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang but also increasingly to secondary destinations. Nha Trang is emerging as an important holiday destination with regular charter flights from China, Russia and Korea. Dr Ha Van Sieu looks forward to organize next year`s Asean Tourism Forum I Ha Long in Vietnam with the help of TTG Asia Events. In recent months, low cost carrier Vietjet also launched international flights to Dalat and Haiphong, Bangkok Airways and AirAsia to Phu Quoc Island in the south offering alternative gateways for travellers. Air arrivals represented 84.5% of all arrivals last year. Other markets recording exceptional double-digit growth last year were South Korea, Russia and Taiwan, up respectively by 56.5%, 32% and 21%. 2018 looks ready to bring another stellar performance for Vietnam tourism. More flights are due to be opened; for example to the United States, with Vietnam Airlines due to fly to either Los Angeles or San Francisco. An important event is the opening of a new international airport in Halong Bay. Due to be opened by the end of the year, it will offer a capacity for three million passengers. With a new convention centre and international chains moving into Halong Bay City, the area will not only be a major attraction for leisure travellers but also become a new destination for MICE organisers. According to government’s projections for tourism, 2018 should generate 15.5 million international arrivals and see 78 million domestic visitors. 18 >> Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia

Renew success Om Pharin, chairman and CEO of SlickBooth, organizer of Cambodia Travel Mart this year together with Ooi Peng Ee, general manager of TTG events, Roanna Tan senior event executive, TTG Events and Marek Traczyk, editor TTG Economic. Poland & Russia. Cambodia Travel Mart 2017 (CTM) was a success, held in Siem Reap Province. This year SlickBooth in cooperation with TTG Asia Event has got the exclave rights from The Ministry of Tourism in Cambodia to have the next CTM in October from 11-13th. Ooi Peng Ee, TTG Asia Events: “We expect to have 250+ sellers and 200+ buyers, international buyers from more than 80 countries. It will be the best Tourism platform in South East Asia this year”. CTM will not only showcase tourism products and services, but also jointly promote tourism in the region. A standard booth/ corner booth will be 9 sqm and the cost is 2600 USD. Cambodia`s business events sector is looking to set a major rebound in 2018 with major developments soon to hit the market. MICE business was slightly better in 2017, but has not hit the level of 2014. The slowdown from Europe was hit by political events in 2016, such as Brexit, elections and terrorist attacks in Europe. Europeans have increased their average stay from four to six days. Pierre Romano, gm of EXO Cambodia: “Cambodia is a great playground for MICE. It offers a nice mixture of culture and nature, authenticity and good infrastructure, and not to forget good prices.” Skip Sihanoukville for quieter spots Mass construction of infra structure and the Chinese invasion is pushing European tourists away from Cambodia coastal town of Sihanoukville. The area has been dotted with new hotels, casinos, condos and resort development. Despite having less than 100,000 people, the town will now have more than 30 casiones of which 10 alone is build in 2016. The incoming agents now recommend Kampot or Kep over Sihanoukville. Travel Trade OUTBOUND - Scandinavia

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