Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung meet Spanish Ambassador for tourism cooperation

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– On September 24, Mr. Nguyen Van Hung, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism had meeting with Ms. Pilar Méndez Jiménez, Spanish Ambassador. Mr. Ha Van Sieu, Vice Chairman of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism and leader of International Cooperation Department also attended the meeting.

Minister Nguyen Van Hung and Spanish Ambassador Pilar Méndez Jiménez at the meeting. Photo: TITC

At the meeting, Minister Nguyen Van Hung informed that the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has proposed and was accepted by the Government to pilot re-opening the international tourism in Phu Quoc Island. In order to ensure safety while reopening, an important factor is herd immunity. However, due to the limited number of vaccines, Minister proposed Spain to support 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for Phu Quoc people. If this proposal becomes reality, Spain will be the first country to provide vaccine to help Phu Quoc open its doors to international tourists.

The Spanish Ambassador affirmed that Vietnam and Spain have very good tourism cooperation. Vietnam and Spain are strategic partners. The signing of EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) opens a framework to support tourism businesses of the two sides.

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According to the Ambassador, before the COVID-19 pandemic, every year over 75,000 Spanish tourists visit Vietnam and this number is constantly increasing, which is a testament to the tourism cooperation development between two countries. The thinking on international cooperation of two countries also has many similarities, focusing on multilateral cooperation, especially within the framework of United Nations, including the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid (Spain), of which both countries are members.

The Ambassador said that COVID-19 pandemic cannot be a reason to prevent development. This is an opportunity to strengthen the application of science and technology, digital transformation, and turn challenges into opportunities.She affirmed the important role of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, promoting the resumption of "human-to-human" exchanges as well as world tourism. In addition to contributing to the "Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccine" (COVAX) mechanism, Spain also contributes to the European vaccine mechanism. Besides, Vietnamese and Spanish businesses are also improving contact and cooperation to increase the number of vaccines, which facilitates reopening and economic development.

Minister Nguyen Van Hung affirmed that since the two countries elevated their relationship to "strategic partnership" in 2009 and since the two sides signed the "Tourism Cooperation Agreement", the number of tourists exchanging growing side. Vietnam and Spain both possess a long coastline, beautiful scenery, many historical and cultural sites and friendly people.Spain tourists to Vietnam and Vietnamese tourists to Spain will have separate experience and joining irreplaceable tourism products.For example, visitors will see a bullfight in Spain, learn the history of Vietnamese trade in Hoi An Ancient Town or explore caves in Quang Binh Province, which is known as the Vietnam's "cave paradise".

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On this occasion, the Minister asked the Government of Spain to support the organization of Vietnam Culture Week/Day, including art performances, cuisine, and tourism promotion in Spain in 2022 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is willing to support to organize commemorative activities in Vietnam.

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