THE PRIME MINISTER

Decision No. 2161/QD-TTg of November 11, 2013, approving the master plan on development of tourism in Northern Central Vietnam through 2020, with a vision toward 2030

Pursuant to the December 25, 2001 Law on Organization of the Government;

Pursuant to the June 14, 2005 Tourism Law;

Pursuant to the Prime Minister’ s Decision No. 2473/QD-TTg of December 30, 2011, approving the strategy for development of Vietnam’s tourism through 2020, with a vision toward 2030;

Pursuant to the Prime Minister’ s Decision No. 201/QD-TTg of January 22, 2013, approving the master plan on development of Vietnam’s tourism through 2020, with a vision toward 2030;

At the proposal of the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism,

DECIDES:

Article 1. To approve the master plan on development of tourism in Northern Central Vietnam, including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien - Hue provinces (below referred as to the region), through 2020, with a vision toward 2030, with the following principal contents:

1.     Development viewpoints

To realize general viewpoints of the strategy for and master plan on development of Vietnam’s tourism through 2020, with a vision toward 2030, and add the following specific development viewpoints for Northern Central Vietnam:

a/ To develop tourism in the form of sightseeing and research of world heritages and cultural-historical relics;

b/ To regard intra-regional, inter-regional and international association and cooperation as important and constant activities for development of tourism in Northern Central Vietnam.

2.     Development objectives

a/ General objectives

By 2020, an association for tourism development in the region will be basically, comprehensively and synchronously formed; and tourism will become a spearhead industry of the region.

By 2030, the region will become a hotspot of tourism development of the country, importantly contributing to the poverty alleviation, and a driving force for socio-economic development.

b/ Specific objectives

-        Regarding organization of tourist space: To form 4 national tourist zones, 6 national tourist sites, 3 tourist cities, 6 tourist development hotspots and a number of local tourist zones and sites as nuclei for tourism development association in the region.

-        Development targets

+ Tourist arrivals

•        By 2015, the numbers of international tourist arrivals and domestic tourist arrivals will be 1.554 million and 6.843 million, with an annual growth rate of 12.3% and 4.3%, respectively;

•        By 2020, the numbers of international tourist arrivals and domestic tourist arrivals will be 2.108 million and 8.900 million, with an annual growth rate of 6.3% and 7.2%, respectively;

•        By 2025, the numbers of international tourist arrivals and domestic tourist arrivals will be 2.795 million and 10.829 million, with an annual growth rate of 5.9% and 5.8%, respectively;

•        By 2030, the numbers of international tourist arrivals and domestic tourist arrivals will be 3.635 million and 13.560 million, with an annual growth rate of 5.4% and 5.6%, respectively.

+ Total revenues from tourists will reach VND 17,773 billion or USD 867 million, by 2015; VND 32,800 billion or USD 1.6 billion, by 2020; VND 48,175 billion or USD 2.35 billion, by 2025; and VND 66,338 billion or USD 3.24 billion, by 2030.

+ Tourism’s contribution to GDP will reach VND 12,300 billion or USD 600 billion, by 2015; VND 20,705 billion or USD 1.01 billion, by 2020; VND 31,057.5 billion or USD 1.51 billion, by 2025; and VND 44,485 billion or USD 2.17 billion, by 2030.

+ Accommodation establishments: There will be 39,000 hotel rooms, of which three- to five-star hotel rooms account for 15%, by 2015; 48,000 hotel rooms and 20%, by 2020; 62,000 hotel rooms and 25%, by 2020; and 78,000 hotel rooms and 30%, by 2030; respectively.

+ Employment: By 2015,175,000 laborers (including .48,000 directly engaged in tourist activities) will be employed; by 2020, 2025 and 2030, this figures will be 240,000 (68,000 directly engaged in tourist activities), 280,000 (83,000 directly engaged in tourist activities), and 398,000 (118,000 directly engaged in tourist activities), respectively.

+ Investment capital demand: The total investment capital demand by 2030 will be VND 165,025 billion (USD 8.05 billion), of which the investment capital demand will be VND 32,800 billion (USD 1.6 billion) for the up-to-2015 period; VND 38,975 billion (USD 1.9 billion) for the 2015-2020 period; VND 43,050 billion (USD 2.1 billion) for the 2020- 2025 period; and VND 49,200 billion (USD 2.4 billion) for the 2026-2030 period.