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Forum looks to develop Vietnam’s tourism startup

Experts gathered at a forum in Ho Chi Minh City on September 4 to discuss measures to encourage tourism startups.

At the Startup Tourism with Global Vision forum, organised in the framework of the 15th International Travel Expo, Ho Chi Minh City, experts said education and training play an important role in shaping smart tourism, while smart tourism startups have not been put into the curricula of Vietnamese colleges and universities yet.

Domestic and international cooperation in the field must be enhanced to create breakthrough tourism products, open new markets and improve the tourism supply chain, contributing to improving competitive edge and global tourism integration, they said.

According to CEO of Songhan Incubator Ly Dinh Quan, a national master plan is needed to develop the sector and each region, helping them acquire a deeper insight into components of the startup system.

The project should enhance collaboration between the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and local tourism departments so enterprises in this field can benefit from preferential policies.

Meanwhile, Director of VNAT’s Tourism Information Centre Le Anh Tuan said the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is making enormous impact on all sectors, and it requires the industry to have proper measures to create added value for tourism products and services.

Together with the development of science and technology, State agencies and businesses should work together to find out new approaches, aiming at boosting startups and developing tourism, he added.