Vietnam has been evaluated as having huge potential to develop cruise tourism. The mainland territory is demarcated by the over 3200km coastlines in three directions: East, West and Southwest. There are 14 deep water ports, hundreds of bays and unspoiled and beautiful beaches. Supported by long standing cultural traditions, richness in heritages, famously open and friendly locals and increasingly offering more services, Vietnam can emerge as a cruise tourist hub in the region in which Phu My port is the most favored location.
In 2010 and 2011, the number of cruise tourists to Vietnam witnessed a big leap compared to previous years. However, their main purpose in Vietnam was transit to continue heading for other countries, thus resulting in short stays in Vietnam’s ports. The average duration was 2 to 3 days in one or two ports with a stay of 8 to 24 hours.
Cruise tourism focuses on visits to the port city where the ports are situated, world heritages in the Central Region, Ha Long bay, the Mekong Delta or traditional craft villages. They also go in combination with live shows of Vietnamese folk music, water puppet performances, artistic exhibitions, cultural exchanges, etc.
The top tourist agencies in Vietnam that are implementing cruise tourism include Saigontourist and Tan Hong…
Vietnam’s tourist sector has selected marine tourism as one of the five spearheading industries to develop the marine economy in upcoming years. In the General Planning of Vietnam Tourism Development by 2020 and Vision to 2030, seas tourism is noted to be the top priority with highly competitive sea resort complexes to be built in the regions Ha Long – Cat Ba, Lang Co – Son Tra – Hoi An, Nha Trang – Cam Ranh, Phan Thiet – Mui Ne and Phu Quoc Resort Area. Vietnam’s tourist sector is committed to taking advantage of sea tourism and facilitating cruise tourism to rapidly evolve in the future to achieve the goal of 1 million cruise tourists by 2015.