Viet Nam, Singapore expand cruise tourism exploitation
Update: May 09, 2018
Viet Nam and Singapore will promote cruise tourism exploitation, according to the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism.  

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This is part of the important content which was approved by the two sides at the 15th session of the Viet Nam - Singapore Tourism Cooperation Joint Committee, recently held in Singapore.

In 2017, the two sides exchanged more than 800,000 tourist arrivals, in which Vietnamese tourists to Singapore reached over 530,000, a 21% rise over a year earlier. Cruise tourism cooperation between Viet Nam and Singapore presented many development opportunities.

Many cruise ships visited Viet Nam and Singapore in 2017, such as Royal Caribbean Cruises, Princess Cruises, Silver Sea Cruise, and Costa Cruises.

According to Cruise Line International Association, Princess Cruises will carry 80,000 passengers to Viet Nam in 2018, up about 40% from the previous year. However, in the 2013-2017 period, the growth rate of cruise ship visits to Viet Nam only reached 4.6%, 8.1% lower than the average across Southeast Asia and 26.3% lower than Asia.

In the coming time, the two sides will continue to work together to exploit hot spots connecting Singapore and Viet Nam, and destinations bringing experiences for maritime passengers.