Vietnam will strengthen tourism promotion in the Russian market which has maintained a growth of over 30 percent in the first eight months of this year, the Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon Online reported Thursday.
Nguyen Van Tuan, chief of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, was quoted as saying a variety of promotion activities will be launched targeting the Russian market, which is among Vietnamese tourism's main markets along with Japan and South Korea.
Tourism authorities in several central provinces like Binh Thuan and Thua Thien Hue along with the central city of Da Nang will attend the international trade fair for tourism, Leisure Moscow 2012, in Russia this September 19-22, the news website reported.
The authorities will join hands in promoting their tourism resources to Russian partners and media, it said.
Da Nang also plans to promote a project that would open a direct route from Moscow to the city to increase the number of tourists, it added.
At the moment, 13 flights are taking Russian tourists to destinations like Da Nang and the central resort town of Nha Trang every week, even though it is not the peak tourism season, Tuan said.
The number of Russian tourists to Vietnam in the first eight months equals that of the whole of last year at over 100,000, the news website reported.
The market has maintained a growth that is likely to be higher in the future compared to Europe and the US, where the numbers have decreased or increased slightly since the beginning of this year, Tuan said.
Tourism authorities expect to welcome 300,000 Russian tourists in 2014, the report said.
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