Vietnam to open first-ever tourism representative office in Japan

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Vietnam's first-ever overseas tourism office will open in Japan by early next year, Thoi bao kinh te Saigon's news website quoted an official as saying Monday.

Hoang Thi Diep, deputy chief of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said the office, which will be established in cooperation with Japanese authorities, is part of a project to increase the number of Japanese arrivals from nearly 500,000 last year to one million in 2015.

The office will work to promote tourism to Vietnam, she said.

According to Diep, Vietnamese tourism officials and their Japanese partners are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding about the office this April.

Vietnam will invest some VND1 billion (US$48,000) in the project and Japan will provide aid to cover the remaining costs, she said, adding that Japan has also founded a council lobbying for the establishment.

Vietnam recorded 110,000 Japanese arrivals in the first two months of this year, an increase of 16.9 percent from the same period last year, the news website reported.

Despite the affect of the massive tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan in March, the Japanese market for Vietnamese tourism products still enjoyed growth of 8.9 percent year-on-year last year, and remained one of Vietnam's five largest markets, it said.

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