organising committee of the Viaggiatori international
tourism fair in Lugano, Switzerland voted Viet Nam as
the ‘most outstanding new destination of the Far East
region’ for 2005.
Representatives from the Viet Nam Administration of
Tourism and several domestic tourism companies for the
first time participated in the expo, held from October
28 to November 1.
The event drew participants from over 1,200 international
tourism companies and attracted around 40,000 visitors.
A report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
said Viet Nam is considered to be one of top 10 countries
expected to see the strongest tourism development in
the next decade.
The organisation also ranked Viet Nam seventh among
the strongest travel and tourism-oriented economies
for 2005, with estimated annual growth expected to range
between 7.2 per cent and 7.9 per cent.
Montenegro topped this year’s list with an annual growth
forecast at 9.9 per cent, while India and China placed
second and third respectively. The list also included
Reunion Island (in the Indian Ocean off southern Africa),
Croatia, Sudan, Laos, the Czech Republic and Guadeloupe.
The WTTC report said the annual growth rate of the tourism
industry in 174 countries will average 4.6 per cent
over the next 10 years.
According to the Viet Nam Administration of Tourism,
the country attracted 2.9 million tourists last year,
an increase of 500,000 over 2003, and expects to receive
a total of 3.2 million foreign tourists by the end of