HCM City (VNA) – A seminar
discussing ways to lure more Malaysian tourists to HCM City took place on
September 8 on the sidelines of the three-day International Travel Expo (ITE)
HCM City 2017.
According to Euromonitor International, Malaysians
spend big on shopping on overseas trips with over 25 percent of their total travel
expenses that include air tickets, leisure activities, foods and
That news is a great opportunity for Vietnam’s
tourism industry, said Dinh Ngoc Duc, Director of the market department at the Vietnam National
Administration of Tourism.
Many tourist destinations in Vietnam, however, failed to satisfy the Malaysian
tourists’ high demand for shopping.
Speaking at the event, director of Malaysia’s
Travel Promotion Department in HCM City Abdul Hadi Che Man explained that a
majority of Malaysians are Muslim who must strictly adhere to Halal guidelines
in terms of foods, drinks and religious practice even when travelling abroad.
But not many hotels and restaurants in Vietnam are able to meet such needs, he
Delegates to the seminar suggested that
Vietnamese tour operators need to better understand needs and habits of
Malaysians to better serve them, for example, there should be more shopping
centres and restaurants with Halal certificates and more tour guides who have
good understanding of the needs of Muslim visitors.
The city’s tourism should offer more
conveniences for Malaysian guests such as prayer rooms at international
airports, Halal restaurants at hotels and shopping malls, and tour packages
inclusive of Halal meals, Abdul Hadi Che Man said.
Malaysia was on the top 10 Asian tourist markets
for Vietnam in the first eight months of 2017. Vietnam welcomed over 295,000
Malaysians during the reviewed period, up 17.1 percent from the same period
last year and accounting for 3.48 percent of the country’s total international