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Vietnam under the spotlights at the World Travel Awards 2019

On November 28, 2019 the city of Muscat, Oman, hosted the 26th World Travel Awards ceremony. Established in 1993, WTA rewards excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today the WTA brand is recognized globally as one of the top awards ceremony and a hallmark of quality. In Oman, Vietnam was honored with the very prestigious World's Leading Heritage Site 2019 award, but it was not the only WTA prize won… Throughout the year 2019, Vietnam and Vietnamese businesses obtained 20 awards in the World category and 36 awards in Asia category including Asia's Leading Destination 2019, Asia's Leading Culinary Destination 2019 and Asia's Leading Cultural Destination 2019. Dinh Ngoc Duc (Mr.), VNAT Director General/Tourism Marketing Department, receiving the World's Leading Heritage Site 2019 award for Vietnam in Oman In another register, Vietnam also won the World’s Best Golf Destination 2019 award for the first time, marking its entrance into a new specialized market for Golf lovers. It is the first time Vietnam wins World-class awards, the second consecutive year that the country obtains the title of Asia's Leading Destination, and the third consecutive year for Asia’s Best Golf Destination. Last but not least, Vietnamese cuisine has been recognized and registered as Asia's Leading Culinary Destination 2019 for the very first time. Please scroll down to the end of the article to review the full list of awards received during the WTA Ceremony 2019.   Vietnam’s 2019 report in the tourism field 2019 is a year of success, not only in terms of awards but also in number of visits as the demand to explore this S-shaped country keeps growing and growing. At the end of October 2019, the General Statistics Office (GSO) released impressive figures announcing that the number of tourists visiting Vietnam in the first 10 months of the year 2019, had reached 14.5 million, an increase of 13% over the same period of time in 2018. Particularly in October 2019, the number of international tourists coming to Vietnam has reached the highest score ever recorded, reaching 1.62 million visitors, an increase of 34.3% over the same period last year. The Vietnam Administration of Tourism (VNAT) expects that the number of visitors for the whole year 2019, to reach 18 million people. By October 2019, Vietnam made it to the Top 10 Asia-Pacific destinations and fourth in Southeast Asia after Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. According to the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA), as of the second quarter of 2019, Vietnam had welcomed 8.48 million foreign tourists, making it a top 10 destination for international arrivals in the Asia-Pacific region. The fact that Vietnam and Vietnamese businesses received so many awards is a positive signal and a confirmation of the country’s increasing influence and attractiveness on the world map. These latest awards will surely be an additional support to keep up the good work and allow more and more people to discover the wonders of Vietnam and its ethnic minorities, while protecting its Cultural Heritage and uniqueness. Dinh Ngoc Duc (Mr.), VNAT Director General/Tourism Marketing Department, receiving the World's Leading Heritage Site 2019 award for Vietnam in Oman The final question now… What are you waiting for? Vietnam awaits you! 2019 World Travel Awards won by Vietnam and its businesses in three categories: World, Asia and Vietnam   .MsoTableGrid { border-collapse: collapse; width: 100%; } .MsoTableGrid td, .MsoTableGrid th { border: 1px solid #1f1d1d; padding: 8px; } .MsoTableGrid tr:nth-child(even) { background-color: #f2f2f2; } .MsoTableGrid tr:hover { background-color: #ddd; } .MsoTableGrid th { padding-top: 12px; padding-bottom: 12px; text-align: left; background-color: #4CAF50; color: white; } WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2019 Category WORLD Category Winner World's Leading Airline - Premium Economy Class 2019 Vietnam Airlines World's Leading Cultural Airline 2019 Vietnam Airlines World's Leading Beach Villa Resort 2019 Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort, Vietnam World's Leading Cable Car Ride 2019 Cable Car at Sun World Ba Na Hills, Vietnam World's Leading Conference & Wedding Hotel 2019 FLC Halong Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resort, Vietnam World's Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction 2019 Sun World Fansipan Legend, Vietnam World's Leading Design Hotel 2019 Hotel de la Coupole MGallery by Sofitel, Vietnam World's Leading Iconic Hotel 2019 Hotel de la Coupole MGallery by Sofitel, Vietnam World's Leading Family Villa Resort 2019 Premier Village Danang Resort Managed by AccorHotels, Vietnam World's Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2019 La Maison 1888 @ InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam World's Leading Group Tour Operator 2019 Vietravel World's Leading Heritage Destination 2019 Vietnam World's Leading Luxury Beach Resort 2019 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam World's Leading Luxury Wedding Resort 2019 JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam World's Leading MICE Resort 201 InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Vietnam World's Leading New Airport 2019 Van Don International Airport, Vietnam World's Leading Resort & Spa 2019 JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam World's Leading Resort Architecture Design 2019 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam World's Leading Riverfront Hotel 2019 Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81, Vietnam World's Leading Themed Resort 2019 Mercure Danang French Village Bana Hills, Vietnam   WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2019 Category ASIA Category Winner Asia's Leading Airline - Economy Class 2019 Vietnam Airlines Asia's Leading Airline - Economy Class 2019 Vietnam Airlines Asia's Leading Airline Brand 2019 Vietnam Airlines Asia's Leading Boutique Beach Resort 2019 Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam Asia's Leading Boutique Resort 2019 Silk Sense Hoi An River Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading Conference Hotel 2019 FLC Halong Bay Golf Club & Luxury Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading Culinary Destination 2019 Vietnam Asia's Leading Cultural City Destination 2019 Hoi An, Vietnam Asia's Leading Cultural Destination 2019 Vietnam Asia's Leading Design Hotel 2019 Hotel de la Coupole MGallery by Sofitel, Vietnam Asia's Leading Destination 2019 Vietnam Asia's Leading Family & Beach Resort 2019 Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phú Quốc, Vietnam Asia's Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2019 La Maison 1888 @ InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading Fully Integrated Family Resort 2019 VinOasis Phu Quoc, Vietnam Asia's Leading Green Resort 2019 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading Hotel 2019 Hotel de la Coupole MGallery by Sofitel, Vietnam Asia's Leading Lifestyle Hotel 2019 Hôtel des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection Asia's Leading Lifestyle Resort 2019 An Lam Saigon River, Vietnam Asia's Leading Luxury Family Resort 2019 InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Bai Bac Bay Villa @ InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Asia's Leading Luxury Resort 2019 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading Luxury Resort & Spa 2019 JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam Asia's Leading Luxury Wedding Resort 2019 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading MICE Resort 2019 InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort, Vietnam Asia's Leading National Park 2019 Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam Asia's Leading New Airport 2019 Van Don International Airport, Vietnam Asia's Leading New Hotel 2019 Hotel de la Coupole MGallery by Sofitel, Vietnam Asia's Leading New Resort 2019 Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, Vietnam Asia's Leading New Villa Resort 2019 Vinpearl Discovery 2 Phu Quoc, Vietnam Asia's Leading Resort 2019 The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Vietnam Asia's Leading Retreat 2019 Naman Retreat, Vietnam Asia's Leading Riverfront Hotel 2019 Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81, Vietnam Asia's Leading Tour Operator 2019 Vietravel Asia's Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Asia's Leading Villa Resort 2019 Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort, Vietnam Asia's Most Romantic Resort 2019 Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam   WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2019 Category VIETNAM Category Winner Vietnam's Leading Beach Hotel 2019 Muong Thanh Luxury Nha Trang Hotel Vietnam's Leading Beach Resort 2019 FLC Quy Nhon Beach & Golf Resort Vietnam's Leading Boutique Beach Resort 2019 La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc Vietnam's Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Villa Song Saigon Vietnam's Leading Boutique Resort 2019 Salinda Resort Phu Quoc Island Vietnam's Leading Business Hotel 2019 InterContinental Saigon Vietnam's Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis Vietnam's Leading City Hotel 2019 Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81 Saigon Vietnam's Leading Conference Hotel 2019 InterContinental Saigon Vietnam's Leading Destination Management Company 2019 EXO Travel Vietnam Vietnam's Leading Family & Beach Resort 2019 Vinpearl Resort & Spa Phu Quoc Vietnam's Leading Family Resort 2019 Vinpearl Resort & Golf Phu Quoc Vietnam's Leading Honeymoon Resort 2019 Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An Vietnam's Leading Hotel 2019 InterContinental Saigon Vietnam's Leading Hotel Residences 2019 InterContinental Residences Saigon Vietnam's Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Executive Suite @ Vinpearl Luxury Landmark 81 Saigon Vietnam's Leading Luxury Family Resort 2019 InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort Vietnam's Leading Luxury Hotel 2019 Hotel de la Coupole MGallery by Sofitel Sapa Vietnam's Leading Luxury Resort 2019 InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort Vietnam's Leading MICE Resort 2019 InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort Vietnam's Leading Resort 2019 JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Vietnam's Leading Riverfront Hotel 2019 Vinpearl Condotel Riverfront Da Nang Vietnam's Leading Serviced Apartment Brand 2019 Frasers Hospitality Vietnam's Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 Fraser Suites Hanoi Vietnam's Leading Theme Park 2019 Sun World Ba Na Hills Vietnam's Leading Tour Operator 2019 Vietravel Vietnam's Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 Sun World Fansipan Legend Vietnam's Leading Travel Agency 2019 Vietravel Vietnam's Leading Villa Resort 2019 Premier Village Phu Quoc Resort Vietnam's Most Romantic Resort 2019 InterContinental Hanoi Westlake  

The 15 Millionth International Visitor to Vietnam Arrives on Cruise Yacht

On December 19th, 2018, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, together with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a ceremony celebrating the arrival of the 15 millionth international visitor to Vietnam. The ceremony was held at Ha Long International Cruise Port, in Quang Ninh Province. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien and Chairman of the People's Committee of Quang Ninh Province Mr. Nguyen Duc Long came to the port to present plenty of souvenirs, flowers, and gifts to the 15 millionth international visitor. The 15 millionth visitor is American, and arrived by boat at Halong International Cruise Port at 11am, December 19th, travelling with the Celebrity Millennium Cruise, part of the Royal Caribbean cruise brand. Besides the 15 millionth international visitor, guest number 14,999,999 and 15,000,001 coming from Europe and Asia were also presented with a commemorative trophy of the tourism industry of Vietnam. These three lucky guests arrived in Halong on the same cruise having taken the following route: Singapore - Laemchabang - Phu My - Chan May - Halong to Hong Kong. According to the statistics of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, in the first 11 months of 2018, international visitors to Vietnam reached 14,123,556 visitors, up 21.3% over the same period in 2017. In 2018, promotional activities have led to an exciting expansion of the tourism market. The image of Vietnamese tourism is increasingly making a good impression with international travellers by way of natural wonders, beautiful landscapes, modern infrastructure, and improved service quality. Many tourism projects in Vietnam have received prestigious international awards, and in 2018, Vietnam aims to welcome 16 million international visitors. Meanwhile, Quang Ninh Province expects to welcome 5 million international visitors as part of the 12 million total visitors coming to the province. Quang Ninh Province’s total tourism revenue is estimated at around 22,000 billion Vietnamese Dong which has led to strong development of tourism in the province, including island tourism, spiritual and cultural tours, border tourism and community tourism.  

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