Fifty-two tour operators from Vietnam and 20 from North East held discussions at the tourism meet held during the ongoing 3rd North East India Festival in Ho Chi Minh City.
Presentations were made highlighting the tourism potential of North East as discussions were also centred on deluxe hotels and the growth of the hospitality industry in the region.
Regional Director of the Ministry of Tourism, Anil Oraw emphasised the potential for bilateral tourism and trade. He said the country aims to introduce Vietnamese tour operators to India that will not only enrich cultural understanding but also stimulate tourism and trade business.
Director of Vietnam International Entrepreneurs Networking Club Dinh Vinh Cuong said, “We are initiating direct flight routes between Vietnam and North East India. I’ve had productive discussions with Shyamkanu Mahanta, and I’m pleased to share that I will be leading a delegation of 22 investors to explore opportunities in North East India in the upcoming months.”
During the day, an investment and trade session was held which was attended by 30 companies representing North East and 80 Vietnamese companies. Presentations covered a wide spectrum of trade and investment opportunities, from trade and investment relationships to prospects in sectors like agriculture, handloom, handicrafts, and others.
A People-to-People Exchange Meet was also held to discuss on the historical connections between North East and Vietnam, shedding light on academic exchange opportunities. Representatives from educational institutions shared their perspectives, emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural learning.
Chief Organiser of the festival, Shyamkanu Mahanta said the programme marks India’s largest initiative in Vietnam that has led the way in showcasing Vietnam as a destination and championing Act East policy.
The three-day festival will culminate tomorrow with a cultural extravaganza.