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"Explore Vietnam" photo competition launched in Hanoi
Posted on 18/01/2020

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The ninth edition of the art photo competition's aim is to further boost tourism in Vietnam

"Explore Vietnam" competition opened to entries earlier this month

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The ninth national art photo contest was launched by the Tourism Magazine of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) in Hanoi on January 8. This edition's theme is "Explore Vietnam".

First launched in 1990, the competition aims to introduce Vietnamese destinations, culture and food to international travellers.

This year's competition is also in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the foundation of Vietnam's tourism sector, founded on July 9, 1960, and is hoped will contribute to the sector achieving its target of welcoming 20.5 million foreign visitors this year.

Entries are open to all Vietnamese residents, including expats living and working in Vietnam, as well as Vietnamese citizens living abroad.

Contestants must capture the values and customs of Vietnam in photos of the country's natural landscapes, historical sites or people. Entries close on June 5 and there will be a prize for first, second and third place and five consolation prizes for other notable submissions.

At the eight edition of the contest held in 2018, 11 out of the 16,370 entered works were honoured, with the photo entitled 'Colours of the Sea' taken by Tran Bao taking top prize.

Vietnamese tourism is reaching new heights

Vietnamese tourism is reaching new heights
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Vietnam has been honoured with several nominations during award season, including the category World's Leading Destination at the World Travel Awards (WTA), and has been ranked as one of the top ten countries that have the fastest-growing tourism industry in the world.

Vietnam has seen a 16.2% increase year-on-year and welcomed a record 18 million foreign arrivals in 2019. The same year, Vietnam also catered to 85 million domestic travelers. Revenues from tourism-related activities reached a whopping VND726 trillion in total (approximately 24.1 billion). For the first time, the number of Vietnam's tourist arrivals surpassed Indonesia.

The target for Vietnam in 2020 is 20.5 million international tourists and 90 million domestic travelers, with over VND830 trillion (approximately 27.6 billion) in revenue.

Yet visa application procedures, crowded areas at several popular tourist sites and overcharging of tourists are some of the problems that VNAT have identified need tackling if Vietnam wishes to reach these figures.