Vietnam, GCC countries promote tourism cooperation

The Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism co-hosted a conference promoting tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on December 15.
At the event (Photo:
At the event (Photo:

The event was held both online and in-person format, attracting over 250 delegates and more than 100 travel agencies and hospitality providers from both sides.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Doan Van Viet highlighted yet-to-be-tapped potential to improve the efficiency of bilateral tourism cooperation.

Participants at the event suggested improving the frequency and efficiency of Vietnam’s tourism promotion activities in the Gulf region, building tour packages meeting Halal standards, increasing direct flights between both sides, diversifying forms of passenger transport like airway and waterway, preparing for workforce fluent in languages and Islamic culture, and simplifying visa procedures, among others.

They also explored the possibility of joint investment in tourism infrastructure and services.

Chairman of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Trung Khanh said the two ministries will continue working closely together to hold tourism promotion activities in the region in the coming time.

The number of tourists from GCC countries visiting Vietnam is around 6,000 each year.