Public awareness, tourism infrastructure and long-term development strategy are the keys to make Viet Nam an attractive destination for foreign tourists, according to PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Tourism is considered as one of Viet Nam’s spearhead economic sectors and is expected to contribute at least 10% of the country’s GDP.
To make tourism a “spearhead” sector, Phuc said training and career development policies and incentives will be decisive for luring talent and skilled workforce.
With 100 million Vietnamese people at home and abroad, Vietnam’s workforce does not lack in terms of quantity and quality, PM Phuc said.
According to him, the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index put Vietnam at 67th globally in 2017, up eight places from 2015; and 37th in human resource field and the labour market, up 18 spots.
Phuc suggested that each travel company devise a sound governance policy and attract skilled workers from other fields to the tourism industry. Universities and training establishments must update their curricula to international standards.
Viet Nam has 346 tourism training establishments at all levels, 63 of which are located in Ho Chi Minh City including 24 universities, 20 colleges, and 19 vocational schools./.