Hanoi (VNA) – The tourism sector in Vietnam has made strides over the past 10 years to make the country one of the world’s most famous destinations for resort tourism, with various prestigious international awards.
Recently, three famous cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc made the list of the 100 Greatest Places in the World to Explore on Earth in 2021, according to the vote of the United States-based Time Magazine.
Despite the complications of the pandemic, the Golden Bridge in the central city of Da Nang topped a list of new world wonders compiled by the British daily Daily Mail.
Dubbed one of the city’s new symbols, the bridge has won numerous awards from news agencies and foreign organizations, becoming a major draw for tourists.
Vietnam’s tourism sector has been hit hardest by COVID-19, as the number of foreign tourists in the first six months of 2021 saw a 97.6% year-on-year drop to just 88,200. tourism only reached 4.5 trillion dong (197.64 million dollars), down 51.8%.
Some 95 percent of travel agencies have to go out of business or move to other industries.
In 2014, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was named the best luxury resort in Asia by the World Travel Awards (WTA), dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as the Oscars of the travel industry.
It was the first time that a seaside resort in Vietnam won such a big title.
In 2015, a year after the recognition of the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, tourist arrivals in Da Nang jumped 20.5% to 4.6 million. The city earned VND 12.7 trillion from tourism during the year, up 28.7%.
The complex was chosen to host the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in November 2017.
Subsequently, another resort located on the Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang belonging to the Sun Group was awarded the Asia’s Leading Luxury Resort award for three consecutive years. Such an achievement had never been seen before, said Graham Cooke, founder and chairman of the WTA.
The station has also won hundreds of accolades from other international organizations around the world.
This recognition fuels hope that Vietnamese tourism will soon recover once the pandemic is under control. /.