HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Oct. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ho Chi Minh City Tourism joins Vietnam Pavilion (AS 660 – 670 – 675) at WTM London 2019. The United Kingdom is one of the most important tourist markets of Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in specific. In the 9 first months of 2019, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 135,184 tourists from UK, comprising 56% of the total arrivals of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, together with Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT), is organizing the Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Roadshow in United Kingdom from 04 to 06 November 2019, with the following activities: (1) exhibiting at WTM London – the world's leading travel trade show; (2) Vietnam Tourism Press Conference on 05 November 2019 and (3) Vietnam Night on 05 November 2019; (4) To he (Vietnam toy figurines) - Vietnamese Folk arts performance and Puppet Art.
The delegation of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism is led by Ms Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Deputy Director General of Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Department, under chairmanship of VNAT, following 40 leading travel agents (Saigontourist, Vietravel, etc), hotels, resorts.
On Tuesday, 5 November 2019, the second day of WTM London, Vietnam Tourism Press Conference will be at Media Conference Room N450 in ExCel London for media and professionals. VNAT and Ho Chi Minh City Tourism will give the latest updates on new supporting policies, products and services for European travellers, and a chance to win a trip to Vietnam. 'Vietnam Tourism Press Conference' is expected to welcome more than 100 travel agents and international media to update about Vietnam tourism trends, services and products, and Vietnamese travel agents will showcase their latest travel services and products.
On Wednesday, 6 November 2019, at Vietnam Pavilion, stand AS 660 – 670 – 675, Ho Chi Minh City will host "Happy Hour – Happily Ho Chi Minh City" from 12.00 - 13.00, where visitors can taste and try Vietnamese cuisine and beers. The event is open to all media and professionals.
"With the advantage that the Vietnamese government has decided to extend visa exemption to citizens of United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain till June 2021 and issue e-visas for almost all European countries, this is our enthusiastic effort to promote Ho Chi Minh City as a travel gateway & a coffee paradise & a hub of Vietnam food and cultures to European Travel Agents and Industry Players. Ho Chi Minh City will tell you the secrets of the world's happiest cities," said Ms Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa.
In the framework of this roadshow in the UK, Ho Chi Minh City will introduce and invite quality international buyers and media to join the 16th edition of International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC 2019), which will take place in September 2020 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC). ITE HCMC 2019, under the theme "Travel Gateway to Asia", is the largest and most established international trade tourism expo in Vietnam, and is a key bridge in the tourism industry for both inbound and outbound markets in Vietnam and the region.
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A SHORT HISTORY OF SAIGON – HO CHI MINH CITY (1698 – 2019)
SAIGON was founded in 1698 by the Nguyen Dynasty. Located in Southern Vietnam, it was one of the busiest cities in Southeast Asia at that time and was known as "Pearl of the Far East" - An important trading center for Chinese, Japanese, and Westerner.
Emerging triumphant on April 30, 1975, SAIGON had the honor of being named HO CHI MINH CITY in 1976, a tribute to the beloved leader of Vietnam, President HO CHI MINH, and started a new cycle of transformation.
After 320 years of history, Ho Chi Minh City now affirms itself as a young and dynamic city of Vietnam. It is well known that this City is not only an economic cultural hub but also is a travel gateway of Vietnam and a convergence destination of many different cultural values of different regions across the nation. A gourmet paradise, the city brings together cuisines from all over the world for all food lovers. Visitors will discover the beauty of this city through famous tourism highlights including Ho Chi Minh Museum, War Remnants Museum, Independence Palace, Ben Thanh, Market, Cho Lon Market and many other interesting places and things visitors can explore.
HO CHI MINH CITY residents believe in the words "FRANK – GENEROUS – SINCERE", as they warmly welcome visitors to make a journey of stay in a HAPPILY HO CHI MINH CITY Destination.