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Administrative reform needed to facilitate cultural, sport and tourist activities Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam presides over the meeting with the culture, sports and tourism sector on its operation during the first two months in 2018, Hanoi, March 9. (Photo: VNA)
Mar 13 2018

NDO – The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism should accelerate its process of administrative reform and apply information technology in order to promote cultural, sports and tourism activities, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has requested.

The senior government official hosted a working session with the culture, sports and tourism sector this morning, on its operation during the first two months in 2018.

Reporting at the meeting, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien said that the sector has hosted a wide variety of cultural activities nationwide to help locals enjoy a heartfelt Lunar New Year (Tet) Festival.

Central-level professional art troops performed 82 sessions to serve local people in remote, border, island and industrial areas. Sixty-four cinema companies and film distributors also sent mobile film teams to ethnic minority communities.

Spring festivals during Tet were held properly, consistent with the cultural traditions and virtuous customs of each locality. (Photo: NDO)

The ministry directed the local authorities to organise mass physical training and sports activities on the occasion of Tet, while gathering national sport teams to prepare for important upcoming events, such as ASIAD 18 in Indonesia, the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, and qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In the past two months, the number of international tourists arriving in Vietnam continued to grow at an impressive rate at 2.8 million, up 29.7% over the same period last year. Tourist arrivals reached 15.6 million, up 21.6% annually. Total revenue from tourists was estimated at VND118.8 trillion, up 21.6% over the same period in 2017.

Acknowledging the positive results, Deputy PM Dam asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to strengthen its efforts in accelerating its operations in the coming months, with a focus on promptly submitting a master plan to the Government on developing tourism into a spearhead economic sector and revising the planning on national tourism complexes.

He also called for the acceleration of the extension for e-visas to lure more tourists to the country, while addressing the inadequacies in training human resources for the tourism industry and raising the quality of accommodation establishments.