Green tourism: key for sustainable tourism development

The development of green tourism is becoming popular in numerous cities and among many travel companies, contributing to sustainable tourism development. According to figures released by the General Department of Tourism, Vietnam welcomed more than 10 million international visitors in 2016, a year-on-year increase of 26%; and served 62 million domestic tourists, up 9% over the previous year.

The country earned VND400 trillion (over US$17.5 billion) from tourism past year, an increase of 19% compared to 2015. Vietnam’s tourism sector strives to receive 11.5 million international visitors and serve 66 million domestic tourists, earning VND460 trillion (nearly US$20.2 billion) in 2017. The country set a target of welcoming 17-20 million foreign arrivals and 82 million domestic tourists by 2020, contributing 10% to the country’s GDP.