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Vietnam, India boost tourism cooperation post-COVID-19

A webinar discussing post-COVID-19 tourism cooperation between Vietnam and India was held in Ho Chi Minh City on October 23.

Speaking at the event, Indian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Madam Mohan Sethi said the webinar aims to enable State management and travel agencies to discuss bilateral tourism cooperation following the pandemic.

Deputy head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)’s Tourism Market Department Tran Phong Binh said due to the impacts of COVID-19, tourist arrivals in Vietnam only hit 3.7 million in nine months of this year, down 67.4 percent year-on-year. The total revenue slumped by over 53 percent to nearly 10 billion USD.

Last year, about 33,000 Vietnamese travelled to India and around 170,000 Indians arrived in Vietnam.

Participants at the event also debated tourism stimulus plans once the pandemic is under control./.