Journey launched to ignite passion for startups among Vietnamese youngsters

The StarUp Journey 2019 – a programme gathering creative start-up products and ideas in tourism and technology from Vietnamese youngsters – was officially launched at Cam Mountain Tourist Area in Tinh Bien district, the southern province of An Giang on October 10.

The StarUp Journey 2019 launched in Tinh Bien, An Giang on October 10. (Photo: VNA)
The StarUp Journey 2019 launched in Tinh Bien, An Giang on October 10. (Photo: VNA)

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Held by the Supporting Centre for Youth's Startup (SYS Vietnam) under the Vietnam Youth Federation Central Committee, the journey will arrive to other provinces and cities across the nation after An Giang.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Duc Tung, Director of the SYS Vietnam, said that the event gathers young entrepreneurs and students nationwide with startup products in the field of tourism and technology. It would enable participants to experience potential tourism destinations to develop their unique tourism products in the direction of effective and sustainable development.

In addition, the StarUp Journey 2019 also contributes to promoting IT application in tourism to support visitors, thus helping improve management efficiency and develop intelligent and sustainable tourism for the destinations, Tung added.

In its first destination in An Giang, the journey also features a training class on skills in technology application in building online travel solutions and tourism promotion activities, as well as a culinary contest at Cam Mountain Cable Car Resort.

After the launching ceremony, the SYS Vietnam in collaboration with the Centre for Trade and Investment Promotion of An Giang province held a seminar on An Giang tourism development solutions. The event saw the participation of over 200 youngsters joining the journey and representatives from local travel agencies to discuss the potential and advantages of An Giang tourism and share experiences in local tourism development.

Le Trung Hieu, Director of the An Giang Trade and Investment Promotion Centre, said that the province holds great potentials and advantages to developing tourism and turning into an attractive destination. In the past nine months alone, An Giang welcomed over 8 million visitors, an increase of nearly 4% over the same period last year, with revenue from tourism activities estimated at VND4.7 trillion, up 17.5%.

According to Hieu, An Giang tourism is now "a piece wasteland " that needs to be “cultivated,” making the journey important to the province as it offers an opportunity for local young people to be passionate about startups in the field of tourism, as well as introducing its tourism products and services.