Tourism Industry To Benefit From Tsunami

April 2005
Asia Monitor: South East Asia Monitor Volume 1;Apr2005, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p4
Country Report
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This article focuses on the tourism industry in Vietnam. Vietnam's tourism industry is booming. Vietnam attracted a record 2.9 million international tourists in 2004, up by 21 percent compared with 2003. The increase was especially impressive given the outbreaks of avian bird flu across the country, which killed 33 people since January 2004. The Vietnamese government is finally becoming aware of tourism's potential, and has set impressive growth targets for the industry, although it will be a long time before tourism plays such a vital role in the economy as it does in countries such as Thailand, where the sector accounts for 6% of gross domestic product.


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