(TITC) – On 9 October 2017, in Ha Noi, Chairman of Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan and Governor of Yamanashi Prefecture (Japan), Mr. Goto Hitoshi signed a Memorandum of Understanding on tourism cooperation between the two sides.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Goto Hitoshi affirmed that tourism has been considered as an important economic sector of both countries. Yamanashi features many famous destinations of Japan, of which Mount Fuji attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
There has been an increasing number of Vietnamese visitors to Yamanashi, occupying over 10% of the total Vietnamese visitors to Japan. Besides, Yamanashi has been a reputable destination for oversea students from many countries including Viet Nam. Yamanashi also coordinated with University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Viet Nam) on tourism education. He hoped that with the signing of the MOU, Yamanashi and VNAT will co-host activities to boost tourist flows between the two sides.
Highly spoke of tourist destinations of Japan, particularly Yamanashi Prefecture where lures a lot of international visitors, Chairman of VNAT Nguyen Van Tuan informed that the number of Vietnamese visitors to Japan has been increasing with high expenditure. Also, Japanese visitors to Viet Nam saw strong growth and ranked third of source markets of Viet Nam tourism. In 2016, Viet Nam received 740,592 Japanese tourist arrivals, rising 10.3% over 2015; and nearly 600,000 in the first 9 months, up 7.8% compared to the same period last year. The signing of MOU will mark a new progress in tourism development cooperation between Viet Nam and Yamanashi Prefecture in particular and Japan in general, Chairman Nguyen Van Tuan stressed.
According to the MOU, VNAT and Yamanashi Prefecture will make effort to strengthen tourism cooperation relationship which benefits the two sides and enhance the participation of both sides; besides, support each other in promotional activities, exchange FAM trips to the two countries, facilitate tourism businesses to share experience, collaborate on tourism education at universities…